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The Golden Dregs

On Grace & Dignity

    4AD welcomes songwriter and producer Benjamin Woods and his project, the Golden Dregs, to the roster. Hailing from Cornwall – a county in south-west England that draws thousands of tourists on holiday, and where thousands of locals could never hope of affording one – Woods grew up with a keen awareness of that gap between idealism and reality. the Golden Dregs’ third album, On Grace & Dignity, is released on 10 February 2023 and considers his home and what it means to be shaped by a place – in this instance, Truro, Cornwall’s capital, home to a rare three-spired cathedral, a peaceful river and a lot of empty shops and flimsy out-of-town housing estates. Written, recorded and produced by Woods from his South London home and childhood bedroom in Truro, it was mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding) who provided additional production.

    On Grace & Dignity’s origins lie in winter 2020 when Woods lost his job in lockdown and moved back to his parents’ house. The only work he could get was as a labourer on a poorly run building site on the grimmest outskirts of Truro. “It was such a bleak winter – waist-deep in mud digging holes and rolling out turf on top of building waste, really grim stuff, which became the backdrop to the stories I was trying to write,” he adds, citing Raymond Carver, Lydia Davis and Richard Hugo as influences.

    In among the personal reflections on loss of innocence and inferiority, Woods spins subtly interweaving narratives about survival, desperate acts of violence, loss and the limitations of community in the face of rapacious gentrification. Nevertheless, it is, appropriately for an album about home, somewhere you’ll want to spend a while. Life here proceeds at a graceful pace grounded by Woods’s deep voice, which seems to resonate from his feet as he delivers the sort of meticulously written lunar wisdom worthy of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, or the tidy yet revelatory koans of Silver Jews’ David Berman.

    For the On Grace & Dignity artwork, he’s commissioned Bristol-based model-maker Edie Lawrence to construct an HO-scale fictional Cornish town. Christened Polgras, the 8 ft by 4 ft model features a viaduct, an estuary, a supermarket, new-build houses and industrial buildings; every song from On Grace & Dignity is represented by a scene in the town. “There’s different parts of the experience of growing up in Cornwall in there,” he says. “Some of it was from me looking at it when I was down there that winter, and some of it was me harking back to the experience of growing up there. It’s defined by that sense of duality, of coexisting realities,” he explains. “You’re geographically so far away, and it has a strong identity of its own, as well as a different landscape. It’s so rugged and bleak, but beautiful – which is what I really like in music.” 

    TRACK LISTING

    1- Intro
    2- American Airlines
    3- How It Starts
    4- Before We Fell From Grace
    5- Not Even The Rain
    6- Eulogy
    7- Josephine
    8- Vista
    9- Sundown Lake
    10- Beyond Reasonable Doubt 

    Velvet Negroni

    Bulli

      Minneapolis-raised artist Jeremy Nutzman, the brainchild behind Velvet Negroni, has announced details of a second album. Bulli will be released on 13 January 2023 and its lead single ‘Sinker’ is released today. Whirring with a strutting positivity and rich instrumentation, ‘Sinker’ is accompanied by an official video directed by Casey Anderson.

      Created during a particularly tumultuous time in Nutzman’s life that involved drug abuse, bank fraud, and a house fire, it’s unsurprising that Bulli would echo his present state of mind. Bulli feels anticipatory, often frantic and manic but given the period of his life that it emerged from its songs glimmer with a pop sheen, as fragmentary soundscapes meld leftfield electronic sounds with alternative rock, power pop, even tender R&B and deft hip-hop.

      Bulli will be available digitally and on CD and black vinyl from 13 January, the latter vinyl format will include four exclusive additional tracks, ‘Beginner’, ‘Repedo’, ‘Legal Tender’, and ‘Over’. 

      TRACK LISTING

      CD Tracklisting
      1.  Pop Song 2
      2.  Never Said Peep
      3.  Pop Song 1
      4.  Sinker
      5.  Bell Clapper
      6.  Ebony Eggshell
      7.  Ballad Smaller
      8.  Shiny
      9.  Georgia
      10.  The Foreigner
      11.  Animal
      12.  Sub Tieties


      LP Tracklisting

      Side A
      A1.  Beginner**
      A2.  Never Said Peep**
      A3.  The Foreigner
      A4.  Pop Song 2
      A5.  Pop Song 1
      A6.  Bell Clapper
      A7.  Repedo
      A8.  Ballad Smaller

      Side B
      B1.  Shiny
      B2.  Legal Tender**
      B3.  Sinker
      B4.  Ebony Eggshell
      B5.  Georgia
      B6.  Over**
      B7.  Sub Tieties
      B8.  Animal

      (** Exclusive To Vinyl)

      Sohn

      Trust

        Having previously lived for extended periods in Vienna and Los Angeles, London-born SOHN now resides in the pine forests of Catalunya, Spain, and it is this new environment that inspired ‘Segre’. Named for the river that feeds into the Pyrenees in Northern Catalunya, SOHN explains, “during the last years of immense change and upheaval, following that river up to our mountain home has become my way of re-centring myself.” The single’s official video was directed by and stars Spanish dance duo LOOKATHINGSDIFFERENT.

        Trust marks a seismic shift in perception and direction for the solo artist, echoing SOHN’s new responsibility as the father of three children. Moving from Los Angeles to the serenity of Catalunya and the experience of parenthood changed his mindset. “I felt this kind of openness I hadn’t felt before, and I realised I couldn’t do it alone anymore - I was missing community and friendship in life and the creative process,” SOHN says. For the first time in his decade-long career the producer invited others to help him bring a new album to life, returning to LA (where he recorded Rennen) to work with Yakob, Mike Sonier, Chris Tabron, Jesse Boykins III, Ryan Linvill, Noah Le Gros and Emile Mosseri. Community, intimacy, family, and openness are key themes on Trust as the British producer reflects on his past life (Vienna in ‘Figureskating, Neusiedlersee’) and present reality (‘Montardit’, ‘Segre’). By opening up his creative process to others Toph Taylor invites the listener to experience his most intimate and personal work to date. “On [debut album] Tremors it was like I was behind glass, but Trust feels like you could be sat in that room, and not just with me; you're sitting in this room with me, some musicians, some friends.”

        TRACK LISTING

        Start
        Antigravity
        Figureskating, Neusiedlersee
        M.I.A.
        I Won’t
        Riverbank
        Life Behind Glass
        Truce
        Montardit
        Serge
        Station
        Basis
        Caravel

        Dry Cleaning

        Stumpwork

          The South London-based group’s first studio album, recorded in just two weeks with producer John Parish at the iconic Rockfield Studios, became a huge critical and commercial success reaching #4 in the UK Album Charts and featuring in best-of-2021 polls across the board. Buoyed by its success, Nick Buxton (drums), Tom Dowse (guitar), Lewis Maynard (bass) and Florence Shaw (vocals) returned to rural Wales in late 2021, partnering once more with Parish and engineer Joe Jones. Working from a position of trust in the same studio and with the same team, imposter syndrome and anxiety was replaced by a fresh freedom and openness to explore beyond an already rangy sonic palette, a newfound confidence in their creative vision. A longer period in the studio afforded the time to experiment, improvise, play, sharpen their table tennis skills.

          Stumpwork was inspired by a plethora of events, concepts, and political debacles, be they represented in the icy mess of ambient elements reflecting a certain existential despair, or the surprising warmth in celebrating the lives of loved ones lost through the previous year. Surrealist lyrics are as ever at the forefront – but there is a sensitivity now to the themes of family, money, politics, self-deprecation, and sensuality. Furious alt-rock anthems combine across the record with jangle pop and ambient noise, demonstrating the wealth of influences the band feed off and their deep musicality. With the pressure of their debut album behind them, Dry Cleaning have crafted an ambitious and deeply rewarding new work that marks them out as one of the most intelligent and exciting acts to come out of the UK.

          The album and single artwork were conceived and created by multi-disciplinary artists Rottingdean Bazaar and photographer Annie Collinge. James Theseus Buck and Luke Brooks of Rottingdean Bazaar first worked with Dry Cleaning directing the official video for ‘Scratchcard Lanyard’ and as their creative partnership with the band continues to flourish, they have fashioned a brilliantly unique visual identity for Stumpwork.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Liam says: Loved last year's "New Long Leg"? Well you're gonna love this! Crammed full of that wry and witty humour that we adored on their debut, Dry Cleaning also step up sonically on "Stumpwork" with tonnes of infectious post-punk. Without a doubt a truly special band, who we hope stay with us for many years to come.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Anna Calls From The Arctic
          2. Kwenchy Kups
          3. Gary Ashby
          4. Driver’s Story
          5. Hot Penny Day
          6. Stumpwork
          7. No Decent Shoes For Rain
          8. Don’t Press Me
          9. Conservative Hell
          10. Liberty Log
          11. Icebergs

          Pixies

          Doolittle - Blu-ray Edition

            A first for both Pixies and 4AD, Doolittle is released as a Pure Audio Blu-ray.

            Containg both the album in high definition (96 kHz / 24 bit) 5.1 surround sound - having been remixed by audio specialist Kevin Vanbergen (FX) from the original analogue multi-tracks - and a HD transfer of the original stereo mix by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

            The results are a revelation, separating out elements from the recordings that are buried in the stereo mix and adding space, depth and a clarity to the performances without diluting their energy and impact. An absolute must for all Pixies fans.

            TRACK LISTING

            Debaser
            Tame
            Wave Of Mutilation
            I Bleed
            Here Comes Your Man
            Dead
            Monkey Gone To Heaven
            Mr. Grieves
            Crackity Jones
            La La Love You
            No. 13 Baby
            There Goes My Gun
            Hey
            Silver
            Gouge Away

            The National

            The National - National Album Day 2022 Edition

              The National’s self-titled debut album marks the start point for one of the best bands of a generation.

              Released in 2001, ‘The National’ landed two years after they formed and came during a time when they were having to juggle band life with full-time jobs.

              And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own - Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

              For National Album Day 2022, the band reissue the album on white vinyl.

              TRACK LISTING

              Beautiful Head
              Cold Girl Fever
              The Perfect Song
              American Mary
              Son
              Pay For Me
              Bitters & Absolut
              John’s Star
              Watching You Well
              Theory Of The Crows
              29 Years
              Anna Freud

              Bartees Strange

              Farm To Table

                Born in Ipswich, England to a military father and opera-singer mother Bartees had a peripatetic early childhood before eventually settling in Mustang, Oklahoma. Later, Bartees cut his teeth playing in hardcore bands in Washington D.C. and Brooklyn whilst working in the Barack Obama administration and (eventually) the environmental movement. Since charting a path as a solo artist, Bartees Strange has released two records in quick succession: an EP reimagining songs by The National (Say Goodbye To Pretty Boy, 2020) and his debut album proper Live Forever (2020).

                Farm to Table, which also includes recent single ‘Heavy Heart’, is the second album from Washington D.C. resident Bartees Leon Cox Jr.. Where his 2020 debut record Live Forever introduced the experiences and places that shaped Bartees (Flagey Brussels, Mustang Oklahoma), Farm to Table zeros in on the people – specifically his family – and those closest to him on his journey so far. With his career firmly on the ascent, Farm to Table examines Bartees’ constantly shapeshifting relationship with life post-Live Forever. It also speaks to a deeper lore that says, don’t forget where you came from, and this album is why. Always remembering where he came from, across 10 songs Bartees is celebrating the past, moving towards the future, and fully appreciating the present.

                An unapologetic and braggadocious indie-trap banger, new single ‘Cosigns’ celebrates Bartees’ peers, collaborators and friends; name-checking the likes of Bon Iver, Phoebe Bridgers, Courtney Barnett, Lucy Dacus, through a genre-defying outpouring somewhere between swaggering hip hop and euphoric alt rock. The song ends on a poem he wrote in his early 20s, “I don’t know how to be full, it’s the hardest to know, I keep consuming I can’t give it up, It’s never enough.” ‘Cosigns’ is also a moment for Bartees to acknowledge himself, giving himself credence and unashamedly basking in that glow. Its accompanying official video was directed by Pooneh Ghana.

                TRACK LISTING

                A1. Heavy Heart
                A2. Mulholland Dr.
                A3. Wretched
                A4. Cosigns
                A5. Tours
                B1. Hold The Line
                B2. We Were Only Close For Like Two Weeks
                B3. Escape This Circus
                B4. Daily News (Vinyl Only Track)
                B5. Black Gold
                B6. Hennessy

                Erika De Casier

                The Sensational Remixes (RSD22 EDITION)

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  Hot on the heels of her first album "Sensational" ('R&B rewind from a true original' - The Guardian Album of the Week) on 4AD, Erika de Casier releases 'The Sensational Remixes'. Featuring genre-bending interpretations by artists as diverse as Mura Masa, Eartheater and Isabella Lovestory and more, the collection places Erika at the forefront of a new vanguard of alt pop stars. This exclusive pressing touches on house, reggaeton and footwork whilst still retaining the charm and subtlety of the original tracks. 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A
                  1. Better Than That (Hannah Diamond & Caro? Remix)
                  2. Friendly (Smerz Remix)
                  3. Polite (Mura Masa Remix)
                  4. Drama (Isabella Lovestory And Chicken Remix)
                  Side B
                  1. Someone To Chill With (Eartheater Remix)
                  2. Call Me Anytime (They Hate Change Remix)
                  3. Friendly (Nick LeÛn Remix)
                  4. Polite (Natalís Latenitemix)
                  5. Busy (DJ G2G SUPERMIX)

                  Spencer

                  Are U Down?

                    Written, recorded and produced by Spencer. during the pandemic, ‘Are U Down?’ blends R&B, hip-hop, funk, indie, pop, jazz and soul to create a sound that feels both analogue and digital, honouring the past whilst staying firmly in the present.

                    Spencer. has integrated neo-soul vocal fireworks, hip-hop flow and pop ambition into an album steeped in all the feels of a New York summer.

                    The album includes the singles ‘No Direction’ which Spencer. performed for the GRAMMY’s Play At Home series, ‘MyLuv’ and ‘Lonely As I Ever Was’, as well as the standout track ‘U Around?’, which was prominently featured on episode five of the latest season of the HBO hit-show ‘Insecure’.

                    The record also features 4AD labelmate Becky And The Birds (vocals on ‘After The Show’), Luke Diamond (guitars) and Jake Aron (some additional production).

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Byyyte
                    Lonely As I Ever Was
                    U Around?
                    MyLuv
                    After The Show (Spencer feat Becky And The Birds)
                    Luvs Me Not
                    RocStar
                    Staywmecassette
                    No Direction
                    Heart Freestyle
                    Drop

                    Camera Obscura

                    Making Money (4AD B-Sides And Rarities) (RSD22 EDITION)

                      THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                      A Record Store Day exclusive, ëMaking Moneyí is being pressed on transparent mint vinyl and is being released in the memory of keyboardist Carey Lander, who sadly lost her battle with cancer in 2015. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Side A
                      1. Making Money
                      2. The Sweetest Thing - Richard Hawley Remix
                      3. Break It To You Gently - The Wild Honey Pie Buzzsession
                      4. Tougher Than The Rest
                      5. The Nights Are Cold
                      6. I'm Not In Love - The Dermot O'Leary Saturday Sessions Show
                      Side B
                      1. French Navy - Jim Noir Remix
                      2. The World Is Full Of Strangers
                      3. Do It Again - The Wild Honey Pie Buzzsession
                      4. Swallows
                      5. You're The Only Star In My Blue Heaven
                      6. The Blizzard

                      Bon Iver

                      Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)

                      June 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of the worldwide release of Bon Iver's highly acclaimed sophomore release Bon Iver, Bon Iver.

                      This edition also includes five songs from Bon Iver’s beautiful AIR Studios session, which captures the grand spirit of Bon Iver, Bon Iver and distils it into sharper focus, as Justin Vernon and Sean Carey perform the songs as a duo, on grand pianos and vocals only. Bon Iver, Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition) features a blind embossed version of the original cover art and an intimate personal essay from long-time fan Phoebe Bridgers recalling how the “massive, sprawling, unbelievably complex” album brings about both yearning for yesterday, contentment for the present, and collective hope for the future. The album’s iconic cover art has been reimagined to a minimal white-on-white, with a white LP to match.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Perth
                      Minnesota, W
                      Holocene
                      Towers
                      Michicant
                      Hinnom, TX
                      Wash.
                      Calgary
                      Lisbon, OH
                      Beth/Rest
                      Hinnom, TX (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                      Wash. (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                      I Can't Make You Love Me (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                      Babys (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
                      Beth/Rest (AIR Studios - 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)

                      Aldous Harding announces details of a new studio album, the follow-up to 2019’s acclaimed Designer.

                      For Warm Chris, the New Zealand musician reunited with producer John Parish, continuing a professional partnership that began in 2017 and has forged pivotal bodies of work (2017’s Party and the aforementioned Designer). All ten tracks were recorded at Rockfield Studios and includes contributions from H. Hawkline, Seb Rochford, Gavin Fitzjohn, John and Hopey Parish and Jason Williamson (Sleaford Mods).

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Barry says: Warm Chris takes the songwriting foundation laid down on 'Designer' and warps it with a more noticeable veer towards arty alt-folk minimalism. there are bits of the clanging indie of Barnett or tender spoken-folk segments of Neil Young but presented in a voice that's enduringly, all her own. Beautiful as expected.

                      TRACK LISTING

                      Ennui
                      Tick Tock
                      Fever
                      Warm Chris
                      Lawn
                      Passion Babe
                      She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
                      Staring At The Henry Moore
                      Bubbles
                      Leathery Whip

                      Jenny Hval

                      Classic Objects

                        Classic Objects is a map of places; past places, like the old empty Melbourne pubs Hval’s band used to play in, public places Hval missed throughout lockdown, imagined, future places, and impossible places where dreams, hallucinations, death and art can take you. It is interested in combining heavenly things and plain things.

                        Classic Objects is Hval’s version of a pop album. Every song has a verse and a chorus. There are interchangeable moments of complexity, interesting melodies throughout, and a feeling of elevation and clarity in the choruses. Heba Kadry mixed it to sound as though it’s played through “a stereo in a mysterious room.”

                        TRACK LISTING

                        Year Of Love
                        American Coffee
                        Classic Objects
                        Cemetery Of Splendour
                        Year Of Sky
                        Jupiter
                        Freedom
                        The Revolution Will Not Be Owned

                        Big Thief

                        Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You

                          Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You is a sprawling double-LP exploring the deepest elements and possibilities of Big Thief. To truly dig into all that the music of Adrianne Lenker, Max Oleartchik, Buck Meek, and James Krivchenia desired in 2020, the band decided to write and record a rambling account of growth as individuals, musicians, and chosen family over 4 distinct recording sessions. In Upstate New York, Topanga Canyon, The Rocky Mountains, and Tucson, Arizona, Big Thief spent 5 months in creation and came out with 45 completed songs. The most resonant of this material was edited down into the 20 tracks that make up DNWMIBIY, a fluid and adventurous listen. The album was produced by drummer James Krivchenia who initially pitched the recording concept for DNWMIBIY back in late 2019 with the goal of encapsulating the many different aspects of Adrianne’s songwriting and the band onto a single record.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Change
                          Time Escaping
                          Spud Infinity
                          Certainty
                          Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You
                          Sparrow
                          Little Things
                          Heavy Bend
                          Flower Of Blood
                          Blurred View
                          Red Moon
                          Dried Roses
                          No Reason
                          Wake Me Up To Drive
                          Promise Is A Pendulum
                          12,000 Lines
                          Simulation Swarm
                          Love Love Love
                          The Only Place
                          Blue Lightning

                          Tkay Maidza

                          Last Year Was Weird Vol. 3

                          ARIA and BET nominated rapper and artist Tkay Maidza announces the highly anticipated follow-up to 2020’s ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2’ (The Needle Drop’s #1 EP of the Year). ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 3’ is the final act of Tkay’s EP trilogy, featuring eight new songs produced by long-time collaborator Dan Farber.

                          Tkay Maidza recently wrapped a stratospheric 2020 that propelled the Zimbabwe-born, Australia raised artist to new heights. From billboards in Times Square, to features in Pitchfork and Vogue and a placement on the FIFA Soundtrack, her ‘Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2’ EP presented a compelling new stride for the young artist whose craft spans genres. The ARIA-nominated EP for Best Soul/R&B Release received plaudits from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, Crack, The Guardian and PAPER.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Matt says: Weird-ass alt-RnB that's so meta you'll believe you've handed in all your chips for bitcoins.

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Eden
                          Onto Me (with UMI)
                          So Cold
                          Syrup
                          Kim (with Yung Baby Tate)
                          High Beams
                          Cashmere
                          Breathe

                          When Roberto Carlos Lange, the musician known as Helado Negro, began writing ‘Far In’ immediately following the release of his acclaimed 2019 ‘This is How You Smile’, he could not have predicted that we would soon need to learn how to stay at home and be the stars of our domestic dancefloors with intimate and online communities.

                          The titular pair in ‘Gemini and Leo’ stay indoors to discover each other anew with music recalling Lange’s youth growing up in South Florida listening to 80s club songs, and their return sampled in 90s hip-hop.

                          Visions past and future meet in a euphoria of uptempo drums, Jen Wasner’s (Flock of Dimes) funky bassline, and Opal Hoyt’s (Zenizen) galactic swirl of warm and steely synths and bright backing vocals.

                          What was a prophesying rehearsal for the musician will, we can hope, soon be our fresh start, a choice to bring that energy home, or go out to meet it.

                          STAFF COMMENTS

                          Patrick says: This is lush! I immediately tipped Ryan Horsebeach to it upon listening, as it finds a fine middle ground between Mac Demarco's lazy jangle and the Whitest Boy Alive. #AccidentalBalearic

                          TRACK LISTING

                          Wake Up Tomorrow
                          Gemini And Leo
                          Purple Tones
                          There Must Be A Song
                          Like You
                          Aguas Frías
                          Aureole
                          Hometown Dream
                          Agosto (Feat.Buscabulla)
                          Outside The Outside
                          Brown Fluorescence
                          Wind Conversations
                          Thank You For Ever
                          La Naranja
                          Telescope (Feat. Benamin)
                          Mirror Talk

                          Lucinda Chua

                          Antidotes

                            Lucinda Chua is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in South London. Primarily using her voice, a cello, and an array of effects units, Chua writes ambient pop songs that are intimate, atmospheric, and totally enchanting.

                            Whilst studying photography at university in Nottingham, Chua took an elective course in music production and the resulting experimental tracks she created and uploaded online caught the attention of US label kranky. Before long she was touring with Stars of the Lid as a cellist and string arranger and went on to release two albums with her first band Felix – all while barely into her 20s. After Felix broke up, Chua spent a few years in London exploring the city’s creative scene and began experimenting with the cello. Those explorations became her 2019 debut EP Antidotes 1 which flitted between hushed songwriting and expansive textural soundscapes and was released shortly before she joined FKA twigs’ live band for her Magdalene tour. Earning praise from Pitchfork, The Guardian, Dazed and gal-dem, Antidotes 1 led to Chua participating in NTS Radio’s Work In Progress scheme as well as performing one-person shows across the UK and Europe including Red Bull Music Festival London, MUTEK Barcelona, Tate Modern and Somerset House.

                            A sister release to Antidotes 1, Antidotes 2 expands Chua’s unique sonic vocabulary, with subliminal textures that bleed into each other before fading away. If Antidotes 1 was Chua building the landscape and scenery for her music, then Antidotes 2 is her living within it. Some of the songs were written during the same period whilst others, like EP opener ‘Until I Fall’, are brand new.

                            The vinyl edition of Antidotes will include both EPs.

                            STAFF COMMENTS

                            Barry says: Having played with ambient luminaries Stars Of The Lid as a cellist, it's no surprise that Chua's work is very much in the slow-moving ambient vein, but on 'Antidotes' we see her wonderful ear for production and singularly unique ambient talent come shining through. It's beguiling and emotive avant-classical with subtle elements of slow-moving synth, and is a sound all of her own.

                            TRACK LISTING

                            Feel Something
                            Whatever It Takes
                            Semitones
                            Somebody Who
                            Until I Fall
                            An Avalanche
                            Torch Song
                            Before

                            Various Artists

                            Bills & Aches & Blues (40 Years Of 4AD)

                              In 2020, 4AD turned 40. Never one to be on time for a party, the label is commemorating that landmark this year with the release of Bills & Aches & Blues.

                              The compilation features 18 of its current artists covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s past: a creative experiment rooted in the spirit of collaboration and a snapshot of 4AD, 41 years after its inception.

                              Bills & Aches & Blues will be released on double LP and double CD on 23rd July. The first 12 months’ profits from Bills & Aches & Blues will be donated to The Harmony Project, a Los Angeles-based after-school programme for children from communities and schools that lack equitable access to studying the arts or music.

                              Bills & Aches & Blues’ 18 recordings contain fascinating connections between artist and track. The earliest song chosen (by U.S. Girls) is The Birthday Party’s ‘Junkyard’, from 1981; the most recent are the two Grimes covers (‘Genesis’ and ‘Oblivion’, respectively by Spencer. and Dry Cleaning) from 2012. Suitably, for the one band that bridges 4AD past and present, The Breeders are all over Bills And Aches And Blues. They’re covered three times – ‘Cannonball’ by Tune-Yards, ‘Mountain Battles’ by Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and ‘Off You’ by Big Thief, whilst The Breeders cover ‘The Dirt Eaters’ by their ‘90s contemporaries His Name Is Alive.

                              Landmark songs such as ‘Cannonball’, ‘Song To The Siren’ and Pixies’ ‘Where is My Mind?’, will feel comfortable to casual fans, however by contrast, much joy can be found in the album’s surprise choices, such as Air Miami’s ‘Seabird’ and the Lush B-side ‘Sunbathing’, covered respectively by new signings Maria Somerville and Jenny Hval.

                              Bills & Aches & Blues is named, arguably (as Elizabeth Fraser never published the lyrics) after the opening line of Cocteau Twins ‘Cherry-Coloured Funk’. Perhaps too unique and uncoverable in their own right, their legendary take on Tim Buckley’s ‘Song To The Siren’, under the name This Mortal Coil (along with Buckley’s pre-Starsailor acoustic version) informs SOHN’s cover.

                              Some tracks unearth hitherto hidden shared DNA, such as Future Islands’ and Colourbox’s ‘The Moon Is Blue’; other tracks are more akin to reinvention. Aldous Harding distils the melodic essence of Deerhunter’s ‘Revival’ and recasts it in her own uncanny image. U.S. Girls’ future-disco ‘Junkyard’ and Bing & Ruth’s neo-classical instrumental ‘Gigantic’ are even more radical interpretations. Leading off the album, Tkay Maidza brings both her Art Rap and R&B game, but also an unexpected ‘80s synth pop template, to Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind?’, a perfect title for these chaotic times.

                              TRACK LISTING

                              Side 1:
                              01 Tkay Maidza - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
                              02 U.S. Girls - Junkyard (The Birthday Party)
                              03 Aldous Harding - Revival (Deerhunter)
                              04 The Breeders - Dirt Eaters (His Name Is Alive)
                              05 Maria Somerville - Seabird (Air Miami)

                              Side 2:
                              06 Tune-Yards - Cannonball (The Breeders)
                              07 Spencer - Genesis (Grimes)
                              08 Helado Negro - Futurism (Deerhunter)
                              09 Efterklang - Postal (Piano Magic)
                              10 Bing And Ruth - Gigantic (Pixies)

                              Side 3:
                              11 Future Islands - The Moon Is Blue (Colourbox)
                              12 Jenny Hval - Sunbathing (Lush)
                              13 Dry Cleaning - Oblivion (Grimes)
                              14 Bradford Cox - Mountain Battles (Breeders)

                              Side 4:
                              15 SOHN - Song To The Siren (Tim Buckley)
                              16 Becky And The Birds - The Wolves Act I And II (Bon Iver)
                              17 Ex:Re - Misery Is A Butterfly (Blonde Redhead)
                              18 Big Thief - Off You (The Breeders)

                              Erika De Casier

                              Sensational

                                Copenhagen-based songwriter and producer Erika de Casier has announced details of her second full-length studio album. Sensational, which includes recent singles ‘No Butterflies, No Nothing’ and ‘Drama’

                                Sensational expands the universe of de Casier’s 2019 self-released debut album Essentials. Where Essentials dealt more with the infatuation stages of love, Sensational has more of an attitude, aiming to dismantle the stereotype of single women looking for love, tackling relationship dramas and the toxicity of dating. It was a chance to rewrite scenarios in ways that empowered her, fantasising about what could’ve been. Sensational was co-produced by de Casier and is a breath of fresh air to anyone with a passion for music in all its genres, as much influenced by Aaliyah and Janet Jackson as house, garage and techno. With hushed, pillow-soft vocals and production that references turn-of-the-millenium sounds, de Casier’s sound surveys the past while looking to the future.

                                Born in Portugal to Belgian and Cape Verdean parents and raised in Denmark, Erika de Casier initially made her mark as an ally of the Regelbau collective (home to Danish house acts DJ Sports, C.K and Central) before writing, co-producing and releasing debut album, Essentials, through her own Independent Jeep label. Her take on 90s/00s R&B became a slow-burn success story and Essentials graced Best of 2019 lists at Mixmag, Gorilla vs. Bear, FACT, Dummy, and Crack Magazine.

                                TRACK LISTING

                                1. Drama
                                2. Polite
                                3. Make My Day
                                4. All You Talk About
                                5. Insult Me
                                6. No Butterflies, No Nothing
                                7. Someone To Chill With
                                8. Acceptance (intermezzo)
                                9. Better Than That
                                10. Friendly
                                11. Secretly
                                12. Busy
                                13. Call Me Anytime

                                Tkay Maidza

                                Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2

                                  Tkay Maidza is a tour de force on her new EP Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 2. Her sonic versatility takes centre stage on eight tracks that include spitfire summer anthem and lead single ‘Shook’, smooth boy-bye manifesto ‘Don’t Call Again (feat. Kari Faux)’ and trap-infused ‘Awake (feat. JPEGMAFIA)’, which was nominated for a 2019 ARIA award and earned a best of the decade nod from The Needle Drop, as well as praise from Pitchfork, The FADER, Dazed, Complex, and others. The EP follows 2018’s Last Year Was Weird, Vol. 1, which established her as an exciting voice in the new guard of hip-hop.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Millie says: This is GOLD. Tkay Maidza brings the good stuff, firey R&B and faultless vocal. She's about to stride into the fame she deserves, watch this space.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. My Flowers
                                  2. 24k
                                  3. Shook
                                  4. Awake (ft. JPEGMAFIA)
                                  5. Grasshopper
                                  6. You Sad
                                  7. PB Jam
                                  8. Don’t Call Again (ft. Kari Faux)

                                  Musically, Dry Cleaning have been compared to the likes of The Fall and Sonic Youth as well as their contemporaries Squid, Shame and Yard Act, who are only some of the bands that have been riding the waves of the recent post punk resurgence. The London band combines repetitive bass lines with moody yet catchy guitar riffs and lecturer and visual artist Florence Shaw’s dry, monotone Sprechgesang.

                                  Seemingly samey at first listen, it’s a record that keeps revealing more with each play. No matter how often you think you have shelved it, it will always make itself known again. Dry Cleaning’s lyrics are a combination of Shaw’s own writing and snippets of other people’s reflections she has come across - be it via real life conversations or on the internet, e.g. in the Youtube comment wormhole. Like a stream of consciousness they make for an interesting read / listen, with highlights aplenty. “I think of myself as a hardy banana with that waxy surface and the small delicate flowers / A woman in aviators firing a bazooka” reads one line. Complete absurdity or the mundanity of everyday life? Tongue in cheek or absolutely serious?

                                  Whichever you think it is, you can’t help but be charmed by her deadpan attitude. One thing I can’t get on board with, however, are her outrageous nutritional opinions. “That seems like a lot of garlic” she muses in ‘Strong Feelings’. There’s never enough garlic.

                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                  Barry says: Dry cleaning's wry humour and impeccable grasp of rhythm and mood permeates the entirety of their newest outing, 'New Long Leg'. Driven bassy groove and melodic guitar licks perfectly accentuate the sultry spoken word vocals, resulting in an impactful and dynamic whole.

                                  TRACK LISTING

                                  1. Scratchcard Lanyard
                                  2. Unsmart Lady
                                  3. Strong Feelings
                                  4. Leafy
                                  5. Her Hippo
                                  6. New Long Leg
                                  7. John Wick
                                  8. More Big Birds
                                  9. A.L.C
                                  10. Every Day Carry

                                  Tune-Yards

                                  Sketchy.

                                    Tune-Yards announces details of their fifth studio album, sketchy. The 11-track record, which includes last year’s single ‘nowhere, man’, will be released on 26 March 2021, on 4AD.

                                    Tune-Yards’ last release I can feel you creep into my private life, was a self-reflexive question mark at the end of a decade of outspoken, polyphonic indie music. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (both Merrill and her partner and collaborator Nate Brenner) released four critically acclaimed albums, travelled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley's surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. "We had really been non-stop hustling," Merrill reflects. "And when we're hustling, we're complicit in all of the systems that I really don't believe in."

                                    Interrogating these systems and her role within them had left Merrill feeling heavy with grief and lost about how to move forward. The duo pressed on, inspired by the Beastie Boys Book and Questlove’s Creative Quest, and began jamming daily for hours in their home rehearsal studio “like athletes”. They ditched computer screens for live instruments (Merrill on drums, Nate on bass) and before long full songs started to emerge.

                                    Unlike the lyrical introspection of previous outing I can feel you..., on sketchy. Merrill balances self-inspection and reflection with bombastic rallying cries, reminiscent of the furious tones of early days Tune-Yards. The result is a colourful and joyous record with lyrics that cut to the bone. "I started remembering that people come to us to be entertained, to move, to feel joy. And together, I think, we can wake up.”

                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                    Barry says: 'Sketchy' brings the Tune Yards sound forward with a heavy af distillation of the restrained groove of their recent output, and the youthful exuberance of their early years, resulting in a wildly satisfying and rousing musical war cry. A brilliantly written and hugely varied gem.

                                    TRACK LISTING

                                    Nowhere, Man
                                    Make It Right.
                                    Hypnotized
                                    Homewrecker
                                    Silence Pt. 1 (when We Say “we”)
                                    Silence Pt. 2 (who Is “we”?)
                                    Hold Yourself.
                                    Sometime
                                    Under Your Lip
                                    My Neighbor
                                    Be Not Afraid.

                                    The National

                                    Cherry Tree EP - 2021 Reissue

                                      Released a year before The National broke through with their third album Alligator, 2004’s Cherry Tree EP is a thrilling record which - thanks to its collection of delicate ballads and anthemic crowd-pleasers - sums up what they do best in under 30 minutes. Now a firm fan-favourite, among Cherry Tree’s seven tracks are now National classics ‘About Today’ and ‘All The Wine’, plus a thrilling live version of ‘Murder Me Rachael’ that reminds of the band’s fearsome early live performances. Cherry Tree can be seen as the record that marks the moment when The National had truly found themselves, a bridge from what went before to a band ready to conquer the World.

                                      Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                      TRACK LISTING

                                      1. / A1. Wasp Nest
                                      2. / A2. All The Wine
                                      3. / A3. All Dolled-Up In Straps
                                      4. / A4. Cherry Tree
                                      5. / B1. About Today
                                      6. / B2. Murder Me Rachael (Live)
                                      7. / B3. Reasonable Man (I Don’t Mind)

                                      The National

                                      Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers - 2021 Reissue

                                        The National’s second album, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers (2003) proved a leap forward from 2001’s eponymous debut, showing a band adept at delivering warm embraces and gut punches in equal measure.

                                        With word of mouth now spreading on the band, critics proved equally enthusiastic... Pitchfork in their glowing review called it a “Gorgeous train wreck” that “Lives up to its blunt title (with) Matt Berninger’s self-effacing barbs matched by the band’s equally potent hooks,” while Uncut also became early champions saying the album was “A genuine treasure... Livid as a bruise, this is brave, desperate, beautiful music.”

                                        No longer a secret among those that know, Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers is an important record in The National’s discography with this new remaster showing that it’s more than standing the test of time.

                                        Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                        TRACK LISTING

                                        1. / A1. Cardinal Song
                                        2. / A2. Slipping Husband
                                        3. / A3. 90-Mile Water Wall
                                        4. / A4. It Never Happened
                                        5. / A5. Murder Me Rachael
                                        6. / B1. Thirsty
                                        7. / B2. Available
                                        8. / B3. Sugar Wife
                                        9. / B4. Trophy Wife
                                        10. / B5. Fashion Coat
                                        11. / B6. Patterns Of Fairytales
                                        12. / B7. Lucky You

                                        The National

                                        The National - 2021 Reissue

                                          Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, The National’s self-titled debut album of sozzled Americana is a thing of beauty, laden with heavy hints that this was a special band in the making.

                                          Their first release, The National arrived two years after The National formed, a time when they were juggling bandlife with needing to hold down full-time jobs. And while nods to the alt. rock artists that inspired them (Pavement, Silver Jews) can be heard, so too are the beginnings of something all their own – Matt Berninger’s stunning and unexpected lyrics being pinned to melodies that stop you in your tracks.

                                          The National marks the start point for one of the best bands of their generation with its new master helping elevate it to new levels. A great primer to a great band.

                                          Having been remastered at Abbey Road Studios, the 2021 represses stay faithful to their original artwork while their stunning new masters help make these much-loved records sound as vital as ever, further emphasising the early signs of the sound that would go on to make them one of the fi nest and most beloved alternative bands of their generation.

                                          TRACK LISTING

                                          1. / A1. Beautiful Head
                                          2. / A2. Cold Girl Fever
                                          3. / A3. The Perfect Song
                                          4. / A4. American Mary
                                          5. / A5. Son
                                          6. / A6. Pay For Me
                                          7. / B1. Bitters & Absolut
                                          8. / B2. John’s Star
                                          9. / B3. Watching You Well
                                          10. / B4. Theory Of The Crows
                                          11. / B5. 29 Years
                                          12. / B6. Anna Freud

                                          Cocteau Twins

                                          Stars And Topsoil - A Collection (1982-1990)

                                          ‘Stars and Topsoil’, Cocteau Twins’ collection of the best of their 4AD years, is belatedly issued on vinyl. Perfectly suited to the format, there’s a greater cohesion to the tracks when they are split into four sides.

                                          Following their ascent from alternative novices to universally acclaimed artists, ‘Stars and Topsoil’ is a fine testament to one of the most original bands to emerge in the last three decades. Over a career at 4AD that spanned six albums and seven eps, Cocteau Twins retained an intriguing uniqueness of style that defied comparison. Elizabeth Fraser (vocals), Robin Guthrie (guitars) and Simon Raymonde (bass guitar) were always fiercely protective of their privacy, preferring to let the music speak for itself; it spoke volumes and continues to do so.

                                          From day one Cocteau Twins had something special; Liz’s glittering vocals, unintelligible and perfect, Robin’s edgy guitar, all grounded by Simon’s bass. This chronological collection is a fitting reminder of why Cocteau Twins are so important: musical visionaries who transcended convention yet achieved massive international success.

                                          Adrianne Lenker

                                          Songs And Instrumentals

                                            'Songs And Instrumentals' are two distinct collections, both written and recorded in April after Big Thief’s March tour was abruptly cut short due to coronavirus. After returning to the states from Europe, Lenker decamped to a one room cabin in the mountains of western Massachusetts.

                                            The album’s stunning artwork are watercolor paintings done by Adrianne’s grandmother, Diane Lee.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: There really is no stopping Lenker is there? (and why indeed would you want to?) 'Songs And Instrumentals' carries on the runaway success of Lenkers band, Big Thief but moves into the more subtle recesses of her songwriting prowess. Brittle in parts, but shining throughout, this is an accomplished and immersive outing.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Songs
                                            1. Two Reverse
                                            2. Ingydar
                                            3. Anything
                                            4. Forwards Beckon Rebound
                                            5. Heavy Focus
                                            6. Half Return
                                            7. Come
                                            8. Zombie Girl
                                            9. Not A Lot, Just Forever
                                            10. Dragon Eyes
                                            11. My Angel

                                            Instrumentals
                                            1. Music For Indigo
                                            2. Mostly Chimes

                                            Future Islands

                                            The Far Field

                                            Future Islands are Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Whelmers (keyboards, programming).

                                            Recorded in Los Angeles with GRAMMY award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound (where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces), The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road brilliantly express the central themes the band have been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.

                                            The Far Field features string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn and is their first record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show and has remained a fixture since. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: Whilst I know the lead singer of Future Islands has enchanted people with his 'Grandad after 7 sherries' stage-swagger, it is the music here that is truly the star (thank goodness). Slightly gothic atmospheres, soaring synths and plenty of late-80's plate reverbs. Dark but driven indie for the eye-makeup crowd.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            1. Aladdin
                                            2. Time On Her Side
                                            3. Ran
                                            4. Beauty Of The Road
                                            5. Cave
                                            6. Through The Roses
                                            7. North Star
                                            8. Ancient Water
                                            9. Candles
                                            10. Day Glow Fire
                                            11. Shadows
                                            12. Black Rose

                                            The Lemon Twigs emerged in 2016 with their debut LP, Do Hollywood, which was praised by Rolling Stone for its “toting hooky songs that stand out for their intricate arrangements and delectable melodies” and NPR Music who mused, “like listening to music from a time that never was…a baroque rock romp.”

                                            Their second album, Go To School is their most ambitious work yet; a conceptual musical, conceived by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario, which tells a heartbreaking coming of age story of Shane, a pure of heart chimpanzee raised as a human boy as he comes to terms with the obstacles of life. Todd Rundgren and their real-life mother Susan Hall play Shane’s parents. The album also features contributions from Jody Stephens (Big Star), Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) and their father Ronnie D’Addario.

                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                            Barry says: Immediately reminiscent of all your favourite rock greats (you name it, the Lemon Twigs know it), but with a brilliantly innovative sense of pacing and style. Brilliantly mature and eccentrically conceptual, this is a killer LP from a band rising through the ranks quickly. Ace.

                                            TRACK LISTING

                                            Never In My Arms, Always In My Heart
                                            The Student Becomes The Teacher
                                            Rock Dreams
                                            The Lesson
                                            Small Victories
                                            Wonderin' Ways
                                            The Bully
                                            Lonely
                                            Queen Of My School
                                            Never Know
                                            Born Wrong/Heart Song
                                            The Fire
                                            Home Of A Heart (The Woods)
                                            This Is My Tree
                                            If You Give Enough
                                            Go To School

                                            Dead Can Dance

                                            Into The Labyrinth

                                              Into The Labyrinth (1993) is Dead Can Dance’s sixth album, one of their most successful releases, its title a reference to the Greek legend of Theseus going into the Labyrinth to slay the Minotaur. It came when Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard had embarked on more individual personal paths, now writing their songs independent of one another, and on separate continents. Engineered and produced by Brendan at his Quivvy Church studio in Ireland, the album is an audiophile benchmark and also noted for being their first without any guests, instead they played all the instruments.

                                              The 2016 LP version is also a double LP like the original release, but comes with brand new cover artwork and an altered track sequence.

                                              Dead Can Dance

                                              The Serpent's Egg

                                                Dead Can Dance’s fourth album, The Serpent’s Egg (1988), came during a prolific period for the band, being released just four years after their debut. It was also the first they made at their own studio which, according to Brendan Perry, allowed them to continue to grow in “their own self-proclaimed direction”. A minimal yet rather grandiose record which includes fan favourites ‘The Host Of Seraphim’ and ‘Ullyses’, The Serpent’s Egg is a triumph and perhaps the finest example of where Brendan and Lisa’s diametrically different influences are overcome to form a new, almost synaesthetic whole.

                                                Future Islands

                                                As Long As You Are

                                                  As Long As You Are looks to the past as well as the future, confronting old ghosts and embracing a new hope. It is an album about trust, full of honesty, redemption and “letting go”, allowing old wounds to heal and bringing painful chapters to a close.

                                                  As Long As You Are also signals a new era for Future Islands. Drummer Mike Lowry officially joins as a fully-fledged member and songwriter bolstering the founding trio of William Cashion, Samuel T. Herring and Gerrit Welmers. Together, the four-piece took on official production duties for the first time, co-producing As Long As You Are with engineer Steve Wright at his Wrightway Studios in Baltimore. Their brand of new wave synth-pop full of bright melodies and heavenly choruses is as euphoric and uninhibitedly joyful as anything the band has done in their 14-year career.

                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                  Barry says: There is something absolutely enthralling about Samuel T. Herring's on-stage dancing. We all know that, but it's with no small amount of joy that I can confirm the quality of the music is indeed up to the same high standards. Longing, wistful and emotive, with electronic synthy sections beautifully offset with the more driven anthemic material. 'As Long As You Are' is a triumph, and quite possibly the best work they've done.

                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                  Glada
                                                  For Sure
                                                  Born In A War
                                                  I Knew You
                                                  City’s Face
                                                  Waking
                                                  The Painter
                                                  Plastic Beach
                                                  Moonlight
                                                  Thrill
                                                  Hit The Coast

                                                  The Wolfgang Press

                                                  Unremembered, Remembered

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                                                    This one will be a real surprise for both Wolfgang Press and 4AD fans.Featuring 7 never before heard tracks, Unremembered, Remembered is essentially the final album from The Wolfgang Press that never was.Having exhumed the tracks, the band have mastered their final studio sessions at Abbey Road and they sound magnificent.Art for this release has been done by long-time 4AD collaborator Chris Bigg and news of the album's existence will drop with the RSD 2020 announcement.Red vinyl 1.You Say You Love Me 2.God, Let It Shine On 3.My Mother Told Me 4.Black Hole Star 5.Liar 6.Miss H.I.V.

                                                    The Lemon Twigs

                                                    Songs For The General Public

                                                      The D’Addario brothers will return this Spring with their third Lemon Twigs album, Songs For The General Public - written, recorded and produced by the D’Addarios at their home studio in Long Island, Sonora Studios in Los Angeles and Electric Lady in New York City.

                                                      The prodigiously-talented brothers first emerged as The Lemon Twigs in 2016 with their debut LP Do Hollywood, whose showstopping melodies mined from every era of rock quickly earned fans in Elton John, Questlove, and Jack Antonoff. Go To School, the ambitious 15-track coming-of-age opus, followed in 2018 and solidified the band’s reputation for building grand walls of sound around an audacious concept.

                                                      Sam France of Foxygen writes, “The Twigs are legends - teen sensations, k pop stars, BrotherLovers, Twiggy Cola Lite. Their songs exist as cultural freebase. Cocaine, water, baking soda, and DNA. (o.k. )

                                                      While the White Smile Face People appoint Garage Girl, Digital Bass Face or Shitbag Boy as the new FreakoftheWeek, the Twigs have lived 26 cat lives from here to japan making real life bonafide Humans rejoice in the pagan art of Magick Pop Freebase. There are millions of fans, You see; the twigz are more Popular than You, they are Greater than Your Favorite Band, they are a phenomenon.”

                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                      Barry says: Lemon twigs carry all of the glam rock sensibilities of some of the greatest bands of the 80's but tempered with the sort of melodic tomfoolery that wouldn't sound out of date coming from Elton John. It's a baffling, and absolutely spellbinding combination, and serves to gain them fans from all over the musical spectrum. They're going to be huge, and this is further evidence to back that up.

                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                      1. Hell On Wheels
                                                      2. Live In Favor Of Tomorrow
                                                      3. No One Holds You (Closer Than The One You Haven’t Met)
                                                      4. Fight
                                                      5. Somebody Loving You
                                                      6. Moon
                                                      7. The One
                                                      8. Only A Fool
                                                      9. Hog
                                                      10. Why Do Lovers Own Each Other?
                                                      11. Leather Together
                                                      12. Ashamed

                                                      Bing & Ruth

                                                      Species

                                                        Bing & Ruth, the ever-evolving project helmed by New York composer David Moore, has announced details of a new album, scheduled for release this summer. While on a surface level, Species is an exploration of the sonic possibilities of the Farfisa organ, aided only by a clarinet and double bass (played respectively by founding members Jeremy Viner and Jeff Ratner), the title Species is a nod to both humanity and humility – a devotion to the godly intuition with which we are all endowed, and the humbleness required of us to perceive it. It’s also about suspended time and trance; not just a steady movement from A to B, but as something that flows, meanders and eddies, like water.

                                                        Species, and the transcendental state it embodies, was inspired by two recent loves of Moore’s: the desert and long-distance running. Briefly relocating from his New York base to Point Dume, between the Pacific Ocean and the desert, Moore was able to indulge in both passions, which in turn provided stimulus for new work. He says, “I’d found myself in places unfamiliar enough that I could easily lose all sense of direction, size and, more than anything, all sense of time. The music I was making became a kind of reflection of these intentional detachments - and a place to mirror that feeling of trance that had pushed them out in the first place.”

                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                        Barry says: Shifting swathes of reverberated electronics, bright echoes and soaring synths slowly evolve into euphoric slo-mo key changes and aquatic phrases. It's an ambient lovers dream, and one that will be on my stereo for some time to come.

                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                        Body In A Room
                                                        Badwater Psalm
                                                        I Had No Dream
                                                        Blood Harmony
                                                        Live Forever
                                                        The Pressure Of This Water
                                                        Nearer

                                                        Cocteau Twins

                                                        Head Over Heels - Vinyl Reissue

                                                          4AD are repressing two more Cocteau Twins’ albums on vinyl this coming March, the albums Head Over Heels and Treasure. Both following on from the recent reissues of Blue Bell Knoll, Heaven or Las Vegas, Tiny Dynamine / Echoes In A Shallow Bay and The Pink Opaque.

                                                          Using new masters created from high definition files transferred from the original analogue tapes, both albums are being pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and come with download codes.

                                                          Head Over Heels:
                                                          Released in late-1983, Head Over Heels is the Cocteau Twins’ second album and features classic tracks ‘Sugar Hiccup’ and ‘Musette And Drums’. Coming not long after original bassist Will Heggie had departed the band, the chemistry between remaining members Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie was flourishing and by moving the band on from the starkness of their debut, they were now making the music that would help them define the decade ahead; her wordless, dreamlike vocals a powerful instrument over his lush, textured guitars their trademark.

                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                          A1. When Mama Was Moth (3.06)
                                                          A2. Five Ten Fiftyfold (5.01)
                                                          A3. Sugar Hiccup (3.41)
                                                          A4. In Our Angelhood (3.0)
                                                          A5. Glass Candle Grenades (2.45)
                                                          B1. In The Gold Dust Rush (3.40)
                                                          B2. The Tinderbox (Of A Heart) (4.57)
                                                          B3. Multifoiled (2.37)
                                                          B4. My Love Paramour (3.40)
                                                          B5. Musette And Drums (4.38)

                                                          Purity Ring

                                                          Womb

                                                            After more than five years, Purity Ring have returned to announce their third album, entirely produced and recorded by the duo of Megan James and Corin Roddick. Womb chronicles a quest for comfort, the search for a resting place in a world where so much is beyond our control. The striking vulnerability of “ruby insides” - “If I could, I would let you see through me” - charts a course that’s both intensely personal and deeply connected to those close to us, our kin whether by nature or nurture. As the ground shifts beneath their feet, Womb’s characters help one another face death, despair, and world-altering discovery with resilience and grace. For all the terrain it encompasses, Womb’s quest culminates in “stardew”, a glittering, transcendent invitation to “just be where you are” - to experience the kind of powerful peace that can only be found by truly coming home.

                                                            Womb follows Purity Ring’s 2012 internationally-acclaimed and highly influential debut Shrines and 2015’s another eternity. On another eternity, The New York Times praised the songs as “only a few steps removed from radio hits by singers like Ariana Grande and Ellie Goulding” while Rolling Stone called them “lustrous synth pop plus cavernous hip hop” and The New Yorker lauded the duo for “creat[ing] electro-pop that is as warm and human as it is cold and alien, an intoxicating combination that feels boldly futuristic.”

                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                            Rubyinsides
                                                            Pink Lightning
                                                            Peacefall
                                                            I Like The Devil
                                                            Femia
                                                            Sinew
                                                            Vehemence
                                                            Silkspun
                                                            Almanac
                                                            Stardew

                                                            Cocteau Twins

                                                            Garlands - Reissue

                                                              Garlands was the Cocteau Twins debut album, released in the early autumn of 1982. It was the only album they made with original bassist Will Heggie. Describing it as “haunting”, “spellbound”, “diaphanous”, and discerning a “frosting of sweetness”, the critics wore out their adjective; this was rock music - just - but it was conjured in the unlikeliest environment from the strangest of material. This is Garlands’ first vinyl pressing in over ten years, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

                                                              Cocteau Twins

                                                              Victorialand - Reissue

                                                                Victorialand, Cocteau Twins’ fourth album, was released in spring 1986. The largely acoustic, non-percussive album was made with Elizabeth and Robin, while Simon was working on This Mortal Coil's second album. Dif Juz label mate Richard Thomas guested on tabla and saxophone. The Guardian said "It’s not quite ambient, but it’s definitely not rock’n’roll even by the Cocteaus’ standards, building on the moments of guitar shimmer from the previous years’ EPs, while also stripping back at points to where it’s nothing but a Guthrie guitar line and Fraser’s voice."  Victorialand is remastered from the original analogue tapes.

                                                                U.S. Girls

                                                                Heavy Light

                                                                  Heavy Light is the highly anticipated seventh album by U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy. While Remy has been widely acclaimed for a panoply of closely observed character studies, on Heavy Light she turns inward, recounting personal narratives to create a deeply introspective about-face. The songs are an inquest into the melancholy flavour of hindsight, both personal and cultural. Remy makes this notion formally explicit with the inclusion of three re-worked, previously released songs: ‘Statehouse (It’s A Man’s World)’, ‘Red Ford Radio’, and ‘Overtime’, the latter of which is released today as Heavy Light’s lead single. Its companion video, which stars Andrea Nann of the Dreamwalker Dance Company, was created by Remy.

                                                                  Heavy Light follows 2018’s internationally critically-acclaimed breakout album In A Poem Unlimited. Recently named one of the best albums of the decade by Pitchfork, it was lauded across the pond by the likes of The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Crack and Q magazine for being Remy’s most accessible record in her then decade-long career. Heavy Light is produced by Remy and was recorded live with 20 session musicians - including E Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons - in Montreal’s acclaimed Hotel 2 Tango studio. Remy worked with co-writers Basia Bulat and Rich Morel to develop the core of Heavy Light, a set of songs conceived as a balance between orchestral percussion (as richly arranged by percussionist Ed Squires) and the human voice (conducted by Kritty Uranowski). The resulting album finds Remy casting herself as lead voice among a harmonious multitude, the singers of which lend not only their voices, but also share reflections on childhood experiences that are collaged into moving spoken word interludes throughout the album. The album is mixed by long-time collaborators Maximilian ‘Twig’ Turnbull, Steve Chahley and Tony Price.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Grooving, psychedelic riffs clash headfirst with Remy's singular vocal brilliance, soaring wonderfully atop thumping percussion and flickering synths. 'Heavy Light' tackles political matters and worldly experiences in a moving and enthralling way. Brilliant stuff.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. 4 American Dollars
                                                                  2. Overtime
                                                                  3. IOU
                                                                  4. Advice To Teenage Self
                                                                  5. State House (It’s A Man’s World)
                                                                  6. Born To Lose
                                                                  7. And Yet It Moves / Y Se Mueve
                                                                  8. The Most Hurtful Thing
                                                                  9. Denise, Don’t Wait
                                                                  10. Woodstock ‘99
                                                                  11. The Color Of Your Childhood Bedroom
                                                                  12. The Quiver To The Bomb
                                                                  13. Red Ford Radio

                                                                  mis·an·thrope /ˈmis(ə)nˌTHrōp,ˈmiz(ə)nˌTHrōp/, noun : a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society.

                                                                  An·thro·po·cene /ˈanTHrəpəˌsēn/ , noun : the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment.

                                                                  Miss Anthropocene : The Goddess of Climate Crisis An album by Grimes.

                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                  Barry says: Some of the more propulsive pieces on Grimes' latest outing could easily have been on Art Angels or Visions, being wrapped in the same optimistic bounce that we've become used to, but the majority of the LP is a much more measured and sombre affair, rich with dark, trappy beats and (understandably), politically charged vitriol. A brilliant development for Grimes, and a great listen.

                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                  1. So Heavy I Fell Through The Earth
                                                                  2. Darkseid
                                                                  3. Delete Forever
                                                                  4. Violence
                                                                  5. 4ÆM
                                                                  6. New Gods
                                                                  7. My Name Is Dark
                                                                  8. You'll Miss Me When I'm Not Around
                                                                  9. Before The Fever
                                                                  10. IDORU

                                                                  Pale Saints

                                                                  The Comforts Of Madness - 30th Anniversary Edition

                                                                    On the eve of a post-Thatcherite Britain, the Pale Saints, alongside the likes of Lush, Ride and Slowdive, were ushering in a new wave of British indie. And in 4AD, they found a perfect home for their music - an exciting & undeniable meld of noise and dream-pop.

                                                                    Their debut album, The Comforts of Madness, didn’t disappoint, now standing as one of the best of its era. Pitchfork placed it in their Best 50 Shoegaze Albums Of All Time saying, “There’s a restless urgency, particularly when the volume swells and the rhythms intensify. That energy not only keeps (it) vital, it emphasizes Pale Saints’ inventiveness, how they channelled softness and rage into something distinctive.”

                                                                    Nearly 30 years on and The Comforts of Madness is finally getting the reissue treatment. Having been remastered, a faithful LP repress on black vinyl is being released as well as double CD and double clear vinyl editions, both of which come with a bonus disc of previously unreleased demos and the band’s only John Peel Session, recorded in 1989.

                                                                    STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                    Javi says: This year, my new year’s resolution was “don’t buy records, save money instead”. Everything was going swimmingly for the first two weeks of January - until one grim Friday when ‘The Comforts of Madness’ received its 30th Anniversary reissue. Like a dry January defeated by an old friend’s 30th birthday bash, I cracked and splurged, and did so with good reason.

                                                                    Visually, ‘The Comforts of Madness’ is instantly recognisable as a Vaughan Oliver creation. Familiar shapes and textures shimmer under a psychedelic sheen, all petals and whiskers and shadow; the tracklist splattered across the back like a mystic incantation (“way the fell. deep sleep, the sun. time in sight.” Amen.)

                                                                    Opening track “Way The World Is” crashes in like a horseman of the apocalypse, while the much-anthologised “Sight Of You” still sounds every bit as fresh and swooning as Martin assures me it did 1990. Across the album, crushing shoegaze guitars ebb and flow, bass lines worm and drums fizz, only letting up for tender moments like the balladic “Little Hammer”. It’s a sprawling LP of ambitious indie, pushing both instruments and the mixing desk to extremes, masterfully streamlined into a near-continuous soundscape with each song graciously giving way to the next.

                                                                    The bonus disc of unreleased live sessions and alternative recordings lifts the magic curtain slightly, revealing the band behind the sonic wizardry and dream-pop production - this version of Pale Saints is more earnest yet every bit as melodic, with shades of The Smiths, early MBV, and even The Beach Boys permeating the lower-fi recordings. They provide a warm and welcome counterpoint to the soaring album proper, and are well worth checking out and marvelling over.

                                                                    ‘The Comforts of Madness’ is from start to end, front to back, 1990 to 2020, a chaotic, ethereal, and epic work - and to these ears, at least, it might just be the 4AD album.

                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                    Way The World Is
                                                                    You Tear The World In Two
                                                                    Sea Of Sound
                                                                    True Coming Dream
                                                                    Little Hammer
                                                                    Insubstantial
                                                                    A Deep Sleep For Steven
                                                                    Language Of Flowers
                                                                    Fell From The Sun
                                                                    Sight Of You
                                                                    Time Thief

                                                                    2LP & 2CD

                                                                    Way The World Is
                                                                    You Tear The World In Two
                                                                    Sea Of Sound
                                                                    True Coming Dream
                                                                    Little Hammer
                                                                    Insubstantial
                                                                    A Deep Sleep For Steven
                                                                    Language Of Flowers
                                                                    Fell From The Sun
                                                                    Sight Of You
                                                                    Time Thief
                                                                    Sight Of You (Original Woodhouse Studio Version) *
                                                                    Way The World Is (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Language Of Flowers (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    You Tear The World In Two (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Fell From The Sun (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    A Deep Sleep For Steven (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Time Thief (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Sea Of Sound (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Insubstantial (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    Little Hammer (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    True Coming Dream (Woodhouse Studio LP Demo) *
                                                                    She Rides The Waves (John Peel Show Version) *
                                                                    You Tear The World In Two (John Peel Show Version) *
                                                                    Way The World Is (John Peel Show Version) *
                                                                    Time Thief (John Peel Show Version) *

                                                                    * = Previously Unreleased

                                                                    Tune-Yards

                                                                    Sorry To Bother You: Original Score

                                                                      Tune-Yards’ original score for Boots Riley’s acclaimed surrealist social satire 2018 film ‘Sorry To Bother You’ (starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson) has been praised by Billboard as “a simultaneously erratic and ecstatic medley of instruments and vocal layering”. Tune-Yards’ score album follows the 2018 release of ‘Sorry To Bother You: The Soundtrack’ by The Coup. Director Boots Riley described the score as “the film’s musical voice” and explains the difference between the score and the soundtrack: “The characters can’t hear [the score]; the soundtrack, the characters can [hear].” The score also includes dialogue samples from the film and four bonus tracks never before heard in the film. The bonus tracks feature up-and-coming Oakland artists including Chhoti Maa as well as Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker.

                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                      Transformative Experience
                                                                      Study Up
                                                                      STTS
                                                                      SIGNS [Detroit’s Theme]
                                                                      Regalview Theme
                                                                      Money Money Money
                                                                      Powercallers Suite
                                                                      Mr. Green's Muzak
                                                                      Let's Begin Again (Nit Not)
                                                                      Does It Feel Good
                                                                      Sad Theme
                                                                      Revealed
                                                                      Steve Lift's Party
                                                                      Performance Art
                                                                      Triumph
                                                                      Love Theme
                                                                      Play My Clip
                                                                      This Is My White Voice
                                                                      Does It Feel Good (Lucid Dream Mix)
                                                                      The Reveal
                                                                      Backbone

                                                                      Gene Clark

                                                                      No Other - Reissue

                                                                        Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal it’s long overdue.

                                                                        “One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo.” The Guardian

                                                                        On the eve of what would have been American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 75th birthday comes the reissue of one of his finest works, No Other. Released in 1974 on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Gene reached for the stars with No Other; a psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record that famously cost a small fortune to make. Although received warmly by critics, it flopped and was soon deleted, a failure Gene never came to terms with.

                                                                        However, as The New York Times wrote around the record’s 40th anniversary in 2014, “hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star’s Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed’s Berlin,” with the album now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time.

                                                                        45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD have given No Other the reappraisal it deserves. 

                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                        Darryl says: Recently remastered at Abbey Road and 45 years on from its original release 4AD are giving Gene Clark’s 1974 masterpiece it’s long overdue reissue. Available on black vinyl, standard CD, a limited deluxe CD edition in a hardbound book cover, and an all encompassing and sumptuous silver box set containing vinyl, three SACD’s, Blu-Ray and an 80 page hardbound book.

                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                        LP & CD Tracklist:
                                                                        No Other (Remastered)
                                                                        1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                        2. Silver Raven
                                                                        3. No Other
                                                                        4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                        5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                        6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                        7. The True One
                                                                        8. Lady Of The North

                                                                        2CD Tracklist:
                                                                        No Other (Remastered)
                                                                        1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                        2. Silver Raven
                                                                        3. No Other
                                                                        4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                        5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                        6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                        7. The True One
                                                                        8. Lady Of The North

                                                                        No Other (Sessions 1)
                                                                        1. From A Silver Phial (Version 4)
                                                                        2. Silver Raven (Version 2)
                                                                        3. Some Misunderstanding (Version 3)
                                                                        4. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 2)
                                                                        5. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 2)
                                                                        6. Lady Of The North (Version 2)
                                                                        7. The True One (Version 2)
                                                                        8. Strength Of Strings (Version 2)
                                                                        9. No Other (Version 2)

                                                                        Deluxe Boxset Tracklist:
                                                                        No Other (Remastered)
                                                                        1. Life’s Greatest Fool
                                                                        2. Silver Raven
                                                                        3. No Other
                                                                        4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                        5. From A Silver Phial
                                                                        6. Some Misunderstanding
                                                                        7. The True One
                                                                        8. Lady Of The North

                                                                        No Other (Sessions 1)
                                                                        1. From A Silver Phial (Version 4)
                                                                        2. Silver Raven (Version 2)
                                                                        3. Some Misunderstanding (Version 3)
                                                                        4. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 2)
                                                                        5. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 2)
                                                                        6. Lady Of The North (Version 2)
                                                                        7. The True One (Version 2)
                                                                        8. Strength Of Strings (Version 2)
                                                                        9. No Other (Version 2)

                                                                        No Other (Sessions 2)
                                                                        1. From A Silver Phial (Version 1)
                                                                        2. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 1)
                                                                        3. No Other (Version 1)
                                                                        4. Lady Of The North (Version 1)
                                                                        5. Some Misunderstanding (Version 1)
                                                                        6. Silver Raven (Version 1)
                                                                        7. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)
                                                                        8. The True One (Version 1)
                                                                        9. Strength Of Strings (Version 1)
                                                                        10. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
                                                                        11. Silver Raven (Single Edit)

                                                                        Exclusive 7”
                                                                        A. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
                                                                        AA. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)

                                                                        Documentary
                                                                        The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Making Of No Other By Paul Kendall
                                                                        No Other (Alternate Audio Versions)
                                                                        No Other (HD Audio Remaster)
                                                                        No Other (5.1 Surround Mix)
                                                                        No Other (1974 Vinyl Master)
                                                                        No Other (2019 Stereo Remix

                                                                        80 Page Hardbound Book
                                                                        Extensive Liner Notes
                                                                        Lyrics
                                                                        Previously Unpublished Photographs
                                                                        Essays By Andrew Perry, Jon Einarson, Johnny Rogan, Martin Aston & Sid Griffin.

                                                                        Big Thief

                                                                        Two Hands

                                                                          Big Thief had only just finished work on their 3rd album, U.F.O.F. – “the celestial twin” – days before in a cabin studio in the woods of Washington State. Now it was time to birth U.F.O.F.’s sister album – “the earth twin” – Two Hands. 30 miles west of El Paso, surrounded by 3,000 acres of pecan orchards and only a stone’s throw from the Mexican border, Big Thief (a.k.a. Adrianne Lenker, Buck Meek, Max Oleartchik, and James Krivchenia) set up their instruments as close together as possible to capture their most important collection of songs yet. Where U.F.O.F. layered mysterious sounds and effects for levitation, Two Hands grounds itself on dried-out, cracked desert dirt.

                                                                          In sharp contrast to the wet environment of the U.F.O.F. session, the southwestern Sonic Ranch studio was chosen for its vast desert location. The 105-degree weather boiled away any clinging memories of the green trees and wet air of the previous session. Two Hands had to be completely different— an album about the Earth and the bones beneath it. The songs were recorded live with almost no overdubs. All but two songs feature entirely live vocal takes, leaving Adrianne’s voice suspended above the mix in dry air, raw and vulnerable as ever. With raw power and intimacy, Two Hands folds itself gracefully into Big Thief’s impressive discography. This body of work grows deeper and more inspiring with each new album.

                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                          Barry says: It's October, and this is already the second Big Thief album this year. It would be understandable to think that such prolific creation would dilute the end product a little (it often does...) but in the case of Lenker, Meek and co, it couldn't be further from the truth. Arresting, heartfelt and beautiful throughout. Yet another stunning outing from the unstoppable Big Thief.

                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                          1.Rock And Sing
                                                                          2. Forgotten Eyes
                                                                          3. The Toy
                                                                          4. Two Hands
                                                                          5. Those Girls
                                                                          6. Shoulders
                                                                          7. Not
                                                                          8. Wolf
                                                                          9. Replaced
                                                                          10. Cut My Hair

                                                                          Efterklang

                                                                          Altid Sammen

                                                                            Altid Sammen (meaning “always together”) is deep and sonorous, steeped in the sonic experimentation that has long been their trademark since Tripper, the Danes’ 2004 debut. As bold and ambitious in scope as their last collection of songs, Piramida, Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (synths, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg (bass) have taken another creative U-turn, this time fusing baroque instrumentation with their signature expansive sound.

                                                                            Efterklang’s last release, Piramida, centred around a ghost town in the Arctic, was a grand and all-encompassing project that spawned a movie, live album and a series of unforgettable shows (including a live debut at the Sydney Opera House). Their final performance in Sønderborg – the southern Danish town where the band grew up – marked a closing of a chapter, for Piramida and for Efterklang.

                                                                            “We needed a break from the album and touring routine, and we needed a break from Efterklang,” says Clausen. “After the Sønderborg show, things felt very exciting – and a bit scary too. We could think freely, and move in new directions again, just focusing on the things that excited the 3 of us.”

                                                                            That break saw the trio explore projects outside of the group’s confines. Together they co-wrote and performed an opera with friend and composer Karsten Fundal (LEAVES, The Colour Of Falling) as part of the Copenhagen Opera Festival. Meanwhile, Clausen, Brauer and Stolberg reunited with Efterklang’s touring drummer Tatu Rönkkö for a new band, Liima. In sharp contrast to Efterklang, they scaled down the music process, creating songs in a day, and released two records of icy, grand electronic pop, ii (2016) and 1982 (2017).

                                                                            What lured them back as Efterklang was another off-kilter collaboration, this time with B.O.X, a Belgian ensemble founded by lute player Pieter Theuns that performs new music with baroque orchestration. Initially invited by Theuns to compose music for a joint performance, the experience inspired and invigorated the trio to return to the studio for a new Efterklang album proper. For perhaps the first time in the band’s history, they took a less-is-more approach to Altid Sammen, engaging on a more primal and emotional level. The album also sees the trio break from tradition with Clausen singing in his mother tongue some of his most personal lyrics thus far.

                                                                            “Altid Sammen’s songs are about belief and togetherness,” Clausen says. “Not in a religious way – none of us are believers of a defined religion. The words are searching for meaning in intimate relationships, in nature, in death and eternity. The bonds we create; to gather, hold hands, sing or share a moment together. We’re all connected, across nations, age, sex and gender. We come together with all of our backgrounds, and we move apart in all sorts of directions, always together.”

                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                            Barry says: I've loved Efterklang for some time now, and it really has been fascinating to see the trajectory of the core band and their former members (Peter Broderick being one of them!). Their newest outing takes the morose poppy melodies of Piramida with some of the electronic scree of their earlier work, and it's a perfectly measured and completely brilliant electronic pop LP. Superb as ever from Clausen & co.

                                                                            TRACK LISTING

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                                                                            Velvet Negroni

                                                                            NEON BROWN

                                                                            On Neon Brown, Velvet Negroni is a griot relaying the life and times of his own island—it’s a singular place, with the squeak and thrum of guitar strings looped over drum machine beats accented by steely marimbas, all creating a pocket for one of the most authentic and original artistic voices ever committed to tape.

                                                                            You follow his voice as it rhymes in double time, or hiccups and la-las through a break, or croons from a room down the hall, as it unfolds into another story of lost love, or another joke about lost drugs, as he tries to make sense of a life spent in the (sometimes harrowing) pursuit of communion.

                                                                            Turns out what sounds like a lonely island is in fact the city of Minneapolis. Velvet Negroni grew up in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities as Jeremy Nutzman, a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family. His fundamentalist missionary of a mother drove him to virtuosity, both as a classically trained concert pianist and a competitive figure skater, but he had to climb out his bedroom window to play guitar in his first band.

                                                                            In 2016 after years of performing under a schizophrenic rotation of various aliases, Nutzman finally landed on a persona that he felt he could be proud of. It was in a fancy cocktail bar in Austin, Texas that he hatched Velvet Negroni. A tour opening for Bon Iver followed, as well as a writing credit on Kid Cudi and Kanye West’s “Feel the Love” off their 2018 album Kids See Ghosts. That same year, he released his first singles on b4, “First Time” and “Crybaby.”

                                                                            It was in the summer of 2018, together with his friends, producers Psymun (Future, Young Thug, Dua Saleh) and Tickle Torture, that Velvet Negroni composed the stories on NEON BROWN, stories he’s been waiting a lifetime to tell.


                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                            1. One One
                                                                            2. Wine Green
                                                                            3. Kurt Cobain
                                                                            4. Poster Child
                                                                            5. Confetti
                                                                            6. U.Dunno
                                                                            7. Choir Boy
                                                                            8. Scratchers
                                                                            9. Nester
                                                                            10. Feel Let
                                                                            11. Ectodub

                                                                            Pixx

                                                                            Small Mercies

                                                                              Although love lives at the heart of her second album, it has little to do with romance. Small Mercies is absolutely not a heartbreak record, nor is it a celebration of new love, or sisterly call-to-arms or vengeful catharsis. Instead, it is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, from the micro (self-love) to the macro (devotional faith-inspired love, love for this planet), set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

                                                                              Small Mercies follows the 23 year-old’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fuelled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk-edged Fall In EP. Co-produced by Simon Byrt (who worked on both her EP and debut album) and Dan Carey, it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.

                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                              Barry says: It genuinely surprised me that Pixx (nom-de-plume of London-based Hannah Rodgers) weren't from Australia because the sound is a perfect addition to the punky, snarling catalogue of artists like Courtney Barnett or Stella Donnelly, rich with attitude and brimming with superb songs, delivered with confidence and wit.

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              Andean Condor
                                                                              Bitch
                                                                              Disgrace
                                                                              Small Mercies
                                                                              Peanuts Grow Underground
                                                                              Funsize
                                                                              Dirt Interlude Pt. 1
                                                                              Mary Magdalene
                                                                              Hysterical
                                                                              Eruption 24
                                                                              Dirt Interlude Pt. 2
                                                                              Duck Out
                                                                              Blowfish

                                                                              I Am Easy To Find is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s GRAMMY®-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award-nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners), and starring Academy Award Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.

                                                                              I Am Easy to Find is a 24-minute film by Mills starring Alicia Vikander, and a 68-minute album by the National. The former is not the video for the latter; the latter is not the soundtrack to the former. The two projects are, as Mills calls them, “Playfully hostile siblings that love to steal from each other”—they share music and words and DNA and impulses and a vision about what it means to be human in 2019, but don’t necessarily need one another. The movie was composed like a piece of music; the music was assembled like a film, by a film director. The frontman and natural focal point was deliberately and dramatically sidestaged in favour of a variety of female voices, nearly all of whom have long been in the group’s orbit. It is unlike anything either artist has ever attempted and also totally in line with how they’ve created for much of their careers.

                                                                              As the album’s opening track, ‘You Had Your Soul With You,’ unfurls, it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of I Am Easy To Find announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell, and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out—not as background vocals, not as a hook, but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is the Kit, or varying combinations of them. The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris—not a negation of the band’s dramatic tendencies, but a redistribution of them.

                                                                              “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn't because, ‘Oh, let's have more women's voices,’ says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let's have more of a fabric of people's identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers, but my ego wouldn't let that happen.”

                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                              1. You Had Your Soul With You
                                                                              2. Quiet Light
                                                                              3. Roman Holiday
                                                                              4. Oblivions
                                                                              5. The Pull Of You
                                                                              6. Hey Rosey
                                                                              7. I Am Easy To Find
                                                                              8. Her Father In The Pool
                                                                              9. Where Is Her Head
                                                                              10. Not In Kansas
                                                                              11. So Far So Fast
                                                                              12. Dust Swirls In Strange Light
                                                                              13. Hairpin Turns
                                                                              14. Rylan
                                                                              15. Underwater
                                                                              16. Light Years

                                                                              Side 5 On Deluxe Triple – Contains 22 Minutes Of Music From The I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score – EXCLUSIVE To This Format.
                                                                              Side 6 On 3LP - Etching.

                                                                              Holly Herndon

                                                                              Proto

                                                                                Holly’s third full-length album "Proto" isn’t about A.I., but much of it was created in collaboration with her own A.I. baby, 'Spawn'. For the album, she assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing, and places an emphasis on alien song craft and new forms of communion. "Proto" makes reference to what Holly refers to as the protocol era, where rapidly surfacing ideological battles over the future of A.I. protocols, centralised and decentralised internet protocols, and personal and political protocols compel us to ask ourselves who are we, what are we, what do we stand for, and what are we heading towards?

                                                                                "Eternal" follows the 2018 release of Holly and Jlin’s collaborative song "Godmother (feat. Spawn)". The skittering track, which was created by Spawn reimagining the artworks of her 'godmother' Jlin in a trained model of her mother’s voice with no editing or sample trickery, was praised everywhere from NPR to The Guardian to New York Times, and elsewhere. You can hear traces of Spawn throughout the album, developed in partnership with long time collaborator Mathew Dryhurst and ensemble developer Jules LaPlace, and even eavesdrop on the live training ceremonies conducted in Berlin, in which hundreds of people were gathered to teach Spawn how to identify and reinterpret unfamiliar sounds in group call-and-response singing sessions; a contemporary update on the religious gathering Holly was raised amongst in her upbringing in East Tennessee.

                                                                                'There’s a pervasive narrative of technology as dehumanizing,' says Holly. 'We stand in contrast to that. It’s not like we want to run away; we’re very much running towards it, but on our terms. Choosing to work with an ensemble of humans is part of our protocol. I don’t want to live in a world in which humans are automated off stage. I want an A.I. to be raised to appreciate and interact with that beauty.'

                                                                                Since her arrival in 2012, Holly has successfully mined the edges of electronic and avant garde pop and emerged with a dynamic and disruptive canon of her own, all while studying for her soon-to-be-completed PhD at Stanford University, researching machine learning and music. Her LP "Platform" closed out 2015 by gracing year-end lists from Pitchfork, The Guardian, NME, and The Wire. In the aftermath, Radiohead hand-picked her to open up their European tour. Just as "Platform" forewarned of the manipulative personal and political impacts of prying social media platforms long before popular acceptance, "Proto" is a euphoric and principled statement setting the shape of things to come.


                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Matt says: Someone call Elon Musk! Holly Herdon offering the machines some piecework here, enlisting the ghosts of Terminator 2 to concoct a really quite cerebral piece of haunted-electronic-folk experimentation. Scared? You should be!

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                01. Birth
                                                                                02. Alienation
                                                                                03. Canaan (Live Training)
                                                                                04. Eternal
                                                                                05. Crawler
                                                                                06. Extreme Love (with Lily Anna Haynes And Jenna Sutela)
                                                                                07. Frontier
                                                                                08. Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt
                                                                                09. SWIM
                                                                                10. Evening Shades (Live Training)
                                                                                11. Bridge (with Martine Syms)
                                                                                12. Godmother (with Jlin)
                                                                                13. Last Gasp

                                                                                U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the name of the highly anticipated third record by Big Thief, set to be released by 4AD on May. It was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios with engineer Dom Monks, and producer Andrew Sarlo who was also behind their previous albums.

                                                                                The New York-based band, featuring Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums), has spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.

                                                                                Their songs represent an emotional bravery and realness that weaves intimate relationships with the listener, a phenomenon that has made them one of the most widely-respected bands of the current era.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: Big Thief are one of our favourites in Piccadilly, and this latest iteration of their sound really shows why. Skilfully toeing the line between mournful acoustic balladry, simmering country and more upbeat melodic indie, Big Thief have once again brought us an eminently listenable and transportative triumph.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Contact
                                                                                2. UFOF
                                                                                3. Cattails
                                                                                4. From
                                                                                5. Open Desert
                                                                                6. Orange
                                                                                7. Century
                                                                                8. Strange
                                                                                9. Betsy
                                                                                10. Terminal Paradise
                                                                                11. Jenni
                                                                                12. Magic Dealer

                                                                                Aldous Harding releases her third album, Designer. Designer finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of the internationally lauded Party, Harding came off a 100-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road.

                                                                                Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen. From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                Barry says: Another stunning LP from Harding here, being a favourite in the shop, we're no newbies to her own brand of rhythmic country-tinged melodic indie, but this time around we get the Welsh input from Huw Hawkline and Steve Baboo, both acts i'm well accustomed with from my time in Cardiff, and both perfectly fitting in to Harding's musical world. Beautiful stuff.

                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                1. Fixture Picture
                                                                                2. Designer
                                                                                3. Zoo Eyes
                                                                                4. Treasure
                                                                                5. The Barrel
                                                                                6. Damn
                                                                                7. Weight Of The Planets
                                                                                8. Heaven Is Empty
                                                                                9. Pilot

                                                                                Methyl Ethel

                                                                                Triage

                                                                                  The musical project of Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel, has always been a surrealist outfit - a dark and obscured expression of life set to the backdrop of dream pop hooks. But Triage is a more reflective album than their previous two – featuring singles ‘Scream Whole’ and ‘Real Tight’, it explores the notion of coming of age, only to reference it for the snapshots and passing memories that it has become.



                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Ruiner
                                                                                  Scream Whole
                                                                                  All The Elements
                                                                                  Trip The Mains
                                                                                  Post-Blue
                                                                                  Real Tight
                                                                                  Hip Horror
                                                                                  What About The 37º?
                                                                                  No Fighting

                                                                                  Gallipoli, Beirut’s fifth album, started life when Zach Condon returned to his old Farfisa organ, the same one he used to write his first two albums, Gulag Orkestar (2006) and The Flying Club Cup (2007). After stints writing and recording in both New York and Berlin, with time for Zach to recover from a broken arm factored in, band plus producer Gabe Wax (Speedy Ortiz, Soccer Mommy, Adrianne Lenker / Big Thief) headed to Puglia in Italy to finish the album.

                                                                                  With the remote rural setting “the right amount of isolated”, an intense month of 12 to 16-hour days in the studio with day trips around the coastline followed. Inspired by the surroundings, Gallipoli is unintentionally more visceral than Beirut’s more recent albums, alive with an energy that is further enhanced by every creak and groan of their instruments, every detuned note, and all amp buzz and technical malfunction being left in the cracks of the songs.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: There's always been something mesmerising about Beirut, their exotic choice of rhythms and instrumentation coalescing with their minimal songwriting style and almost ethereal vocal projection. You'll be delighted to know that this one is every bit the excellent follow-up to 2015's 'No No No', and (thankfully) a little longer. Superb stuff.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  When I Die
                                                                                  Gallipoli
                                                                                  Varieties Of Exile
                                                                                  On Mainau Island
                                                                                  I Giardini
                                                                                  Gauze Für Zah
                                                                                  Corfu
                                                                                  Landslide
                                                                                  Family Curse
                                                                                  Light In The Atoll
                                                                                  We Never Lived Here
                                                                                  Fin

                                                                                  Elena Tonra, guitarist, vocalist and lyricist of Daughter, has announced details of a solo project. Running parallel to Daughter, she’s assumed the pseudonym Ex:Re (pronounced ex ray) for her eponymously-titled debut solo album, a deeply personal record that was made with both a sense of urgency and a cathartic need. Just finished, it’s being released with equal speed and will be out digitally on 30th November

                                                                                  Tonra’s candid solo songs document the time after a relationship ended and are written like unsent letters to herself and others. Taking on a creative moniker, she chose Ex:Re to mean ‘regarding ex’ and also ‘X-Ray’ as a way to look inside and see what is really there. Writing took a year but the recording process lasted mere months, turning to Fabian Prynn (4AD’s in-house engineer and producer) and composer Josephine Stephenson on cello to help bring Ex:Re to life.

                                                                                  Elena said of the album, “Although the record is written for someone, a lot of the time it’s about the space without that person in it. In every scenario, there's either the person in memory or the noticeable absence of that person in the present moment. I suppose it is a break-up record, however I do not talk about the relationship at all, and he hardly features in the scenes. He is only felt as a ghostly presence.”

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Barry says: Daughter were one of the most refreshing bands to come out a good few years ago, and this Solo album from haunting voiced singer, Elena Tonra is a beautiful and comfortingly different outlet for her undeniable vocal and songwriting talents. Beautiful.

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  Where The Time Went
                                                                                  Crushing
                                                                                  New York
                                                                                  Romance
                                                                                  The Dazzler
                                                                                  Too Sad
                                                                                  Liar
                                                                                  I Can't Keep You
                                                                                  5AM
                                                                                  My Heart

                                                                                  Deerhunter

                                                                                  Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?

                                                                                  As thrilling and unpredictable as anything in Deerhunter’s near 15-year career, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? was recorded in several strategic geographic points across North America, and produced by the band, Cate LeBon, Ben H. Allen III, and Ben Etter. Forgetting the questions and making up unrelated answers, Deerhunter’s eighth LP is a science fiction album about the present. Exhausted with the toxic concept of nostalgia, they reinvent their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth.

                                                                                  STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                  Javi says: Is it a guitar? Is it a synth? Is it some old-time harpsichord-y thing plugged through a sh*t-ton of reverb? Your guess is as good as mine. The only thing for sure is that indie darlings Deerhunter have created their most consistent and nuanced album since 2010’s ‘Halcyon Digest’ in their seventh LP, ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’.
                                                                                  With fellow Top 20 maverick Cate Le Bon at the production helm, there’s nothing the band can’t do—whimsical groove-laced indie and atmospheric expansiveness are married perfectly on songs like the opener “What Happens to People?” and penultimate bop “Plains”, and just as the voice of God bids us good morning on “Detournement”, guitarist Lockett Pundt’s sole offering “Tarnung” is already preparing to tuck us into bed.
                                                                                  Every song is a stutter-funk gem, a space-age exploration of pastoral life, a strutting jaunt into the end of days. Every song is a grower, and boy, how big they grow…

                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                  1. Death In Midsummer
                                                                                  2. No One’s Sleeping
                                                                                  3. Greenpoint Gothic
                                                                                  4. Element
                                                                                  5. What Happens To People?
                                                                                  6. Détournement
                                                                                  7. Futurism
                                                                                  8. Tarnung
                                                                                  9. Plains
                                                                                  10. Nocturne

                                                                                  Tune-Yards / U.S. Girls

                                                                                  Coat To Coast / Velvet 4 - Split 7"



                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    Side A:
                                                                                    Tune-Yards - Coast To Coast (U.S. Girls Remix) (4:35)

                                                                                    Side AA:
                                                                                    U.S. Girls - Velvet For Sale (Tune-Yards Remix) (3:44)

                                                                                    This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                    Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                    Released two years after their debut album, This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow (1986) was no less ornate than its predecessor; a double album with each of its four sides a self-contained unit.

                                                                                    New faces joined the cast for this record, including a variety of singers Ivo handpicked like Alison Limerick, Jeanette, Dominic Appleton (Breathless), sisters Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski (Sunset Gun), and Richenel.

                                                                                    An intense listen, The Quietus called it “tortured yet oddly euphoric… (music which) could easily rip flimsy souls apart.”

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Velvet Belly
                                                                                    A2. The Jeweller
                                                                                    A3. Ivy And Neet
                                                                                    A4. Meniscus
                                                                                    A5. Tears
                                                                                    A6. Tarantula

                                                                                    B1. My Father
                                                                                    B2. Come Here My Love
                                                                                    B3. At First, And Then
                                                                                    B4. Strength Of Strings
                                                                                    B5. Morning Glory

                                                                                    C1. Inch-Blue
                                                                                    C2. I Want To Live
                                                                                    C3. Mama K (1)
                                                                                    C4. Filigree & Shadow
                                                                                    C5. Fire Brothers
                                                                                    C6. Thaïs (1)
                                                                                    C7. I Must Have Been Blind
                                                                                    C8. A Heart Of Glass

                                                                                    D1. Alone
                                                                                    D2. Mama K (2)
                                                                                    D3. The Horizon Bleeds And Sucks Its Thumb
                                                                                    D4. Drugs
                                                                                    D5. Red Rain
                                                                                    D6. Thaïs (2) 

                                                                                    This Mortal Coil

                                                                                    It'll End In Tears

                                                                                    This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                    Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                    This Mortal Coil’s debut album It’ll End In Tears (1984) forged the template; helping to crystallise 4AD’s emerging signature sound whilst shining a light on some of their stable with Cocteau Twins, Colourbox, Dead Can Dance and The Wolfgang Press all involved. The line-up was completed by arranger Martin McCarrick, violinist Gini Ball, Howard Devoto of Buzzcocks / Magazine fame and Cindytalk’s Gordon Sharp.

                                                                                    Pitchfork recently named it one of the best Dream Pop albums ever, a moment which “catalysed 4AD’s ascendance from the stilted poetics of goth rock to the kings of gauzy transcendence.”

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. Kangaroo
                                                                                    A2. Song To The Siren
                                                                                    A3. Holocaust
                                                                                    A4. Fyt
                                                                                    A5. Fond Affections
                                                                                    A6. The Last Ray

                                                                                    B1. Another Day
                                                                                    B2. Waves Become Wings
                                                                                    B3. Barramundi
                                                                                    B4. Dreams Made Flesh
                                                                                    B5. Not Me
                                                                                    B6. A Single Wish

                                                                                    This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

                                                                                    Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

                                                                                    Landing at the start of a new decade, after much had happened in both producer Ivo Watts-Russell’s life and with his 4AD label, the final part of the This Mortal Coil trilogy, Blood (1991), felt like a perfect conclusion.

                                                                                    Meticulously orchestrated, vocalists Alison Limerick, Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski return from the second album with Caroline Crawley (Shelleyan Orphan / Babacar) and 4AD signees Heidi Berry, Kim Deal (Pixies / The Breeders), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses / The Breeders / Belly) and Pieter Nooten all enlisted.

                                                                                    “Shedding some of its chillier post-punk components, blossoming into material airy and gorgeous. Covers — many from the psychedelic era — still dominate the material, but they are largely indistinguishable from the originals, so seamless is (it’s) indelible tone. Blood is a treasure.” Consequence of Sound

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    A1. The Lacemaker
                                                                                    A2. Mr. Somewhere
                                                                                    A3. Andialu
                                                                                    A4. With Tomorrow
                                                                                    A5. Loose Joints
                                                                                    A6. You And Your Sister

                                                                                    B1. Nature’s Way
                                                                                    B2. I Come And Stand At Every Door
                                                                                    B3. Bitter
                                                                                    B4. Baby Ray Baby
                                                                                    B5. Several Times

                                                                                    C1. The Lacemaker II
                                                                                    C2. Late Night
                                                                                    C3. Ruddy And Wretched
                                                                                    C4. Help Me Lift You Up
                                                                                    C5. Carolyn’s Song
                                                                                    C6. D. D. And E.

                                                                                    D1. ‘Til I Gain Control Again
                                                                                    D2. Dreams Are Like Water
                                                                                    D3. I Am The Cosmos
                                                                                    D4. (Nothing But) Blood

                                                                                    30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Pixies’ Debut EP and Album, Come On Pilgrim and Surfer Rosa, includes Bonus 1986 Radio Concert Live From The Fallout Shelter

                                                                                    “An unparalleled example of rule-smashing innovation in independent music.” Pitchfork

                                                                                    “Smack in between hardcore punk and alternative, their secret weapon was leaping from sweet to screaming, driving a spike into Eighties rock.” Rolling Stone

                                                                                    “Surfer Rosa quickly cemented itself as a must-have album (and) 30 years on, its aged into timelessness rather than becoming a period piece.” The Quietus

                                                                                    It’s been thirty years since the release of Surfer Rosa – a record made up of rage, religion, gore, incest and superheroes named Tony – a debut album so good that it’s since seen as a masterpiece. A year prior came Come On Pilgrim, an eight-track mini-album released in 1987 which contained cuts culled from their first ever studio session, where they famously recorded seventeen tracks in just three days (in full, this session makes up the band’s much bootlegged and now officially released The Purple Tape).

                                                                                    These formative records showed the Pixies to be an alien breed; four oddball outsiders from Boston blending US underground thrash rock, indie surf pop and Spanish-language flamenco with the Biblical mythology of Frances’s childhood. They would go on to record another masterpiece in 1989’s Doolittle but it’s the gruesome glory of Surfer Rosa, and the ruined sexuality of its cover image (a topless flamenco dancer in a crumbling Mexican bar) that set a fresh blueprint for an indie rock dynamism that not only planted the seeds of grunge (Kurt Cobain would admit that he was trying to imitate the record while writing Nevermind) but of much of the best rock music made since.

                                                                                    To celebrate this milestone, Pixies are playing fi ve sold-out intimate shows at London’s Roundhouse this October and preceding them is the release of Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa, the thirtieth anniversary edition which contains Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and Live From The Fallout Shelter, a concert-cum-session that first aired in late-1986 on WJUL in Lowell, MA.

                                                                                    In addition to both a three CD and three LP edition, there’s also a super-limited and stunning deluxe clothbound hardbook three LP version, which will be a must for all fans. Like all other Pixies sleeves, Vaughan Oliver returns as designer, stunningly reinterpreting his original artwork with Simon Larbalestier’s iconic photographs remaining these record’s crowning glory.

                                                                                    TRACK LISTING

                                                                                    CD1/LP1
                                                                                    Caribou
                                                                                    Vamos (Pilgrim)
                                                                                    Isla De Encanta
                                                                                    Ed Is Dead
                                                                                    The Holiday Song
                                                                                    Nimrod's Son
                                                                                    I've Been Tired
                                                                                    Levitate Me

                                                                                    CD2/LP2
                                                                                    Bone Machine
                                                                                    Break My Body
                                                                                    Something Against You
                                                                                    Broken Face
                                                                                    Gigantic
                                                                                    River Euphrates
                                                                                    Where Is My Mind?
                                                                                    Cactus
                                                                                    Tony's Theme
                                                                                    Oh My Golly!
                                                                                    Vamos (Surfer Rosa)
                                                                                    I'm Amazed
                                                                                    Brick Is Red

                                                                                    CD3/LP3
                                                                                    Holiday Song (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    I'm Amazed (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Rock A My Soul (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Isla De Encanta (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Caribou (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Broken Face (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Subbacultcha (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Build High (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Ed Is Dead (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Nimrod's Son (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Down To The Well (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    I've Been Tired (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Boom Chicka Boom (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Vamos (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    In Heaven (Live From The Fallout Shelter)
                                                                                    Pixies Interview (Live From The Fallout Shelter) (CD Only)

                                                                                    The Amps

                                                                                    Pacer

                                                                                      Released in the immediate aftermath of the runaway success of The Breeders’ platinum-selling second album ‘Last Splash’ and the Pixies calling it a day the first time round, The Amps are an important part of the Kim Deal canon.

                                                                                      First intended as a solo project, The Amps instead grew into a fully-fledged band with Jim MacPherson from The Breeders joining on drums and Dayton, OH musicians Luis Lerma and Nate Farley on bass and guitar respectively. Releasing just one album, ‘Pacer’, in 1995 and after a whirlwind of touring with the likes of Foo Fighters, Guided By Voices and Sonic Youth, Kim returned them to the shelf, leaving behind one of her most intriguing chapters.

                                                                                      A glorious record whose charm has only grown since release, ‘Pacer’ captures Kim energised by a new band and no pressure, recording with purpose in seven studios with a different engineer each time. The resultant record is both raw and undeniable, with Kim’s songwriting arguably at its most cryptic and personal. Don’t be fooled by its casual lo-fi veneer too, underneath lies one serious record that never dips or lacks purpose. With this first vinyl repress on 4AD, ‘Pacer’ is finally getting the reappraisal it richly deserves

                                                                                      The National

                                                                                      Boxer Live In Brussels

                                                                                        Previously unreleased live version of the bands Boxer album performed in full - recorded at Forest National, Brussels, Belgium, 09 November 2017

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        Fake Empire (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Mistaken For Strangers (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Brainy (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Squalor Victoria (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Green Gloves (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Slow Show (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Apartment Story (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Start A War (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Guest Room (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Racing Like A Pro (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Ada (Live In Brussels)
                                                                                        Gospel (Live In Brussels)

                                                                                        “Like Arthur Russell before them, they give equal floorspace to the spiritual and the sensual.” Pitchfork

                                                                                        Gang Gang Dance – one of the most enduring and creatively vibrant musical acts of 21st Century New York – return with brand new album, Kazuashita.

                                                                                        Formed initially as an improvisational outfit in the early 2000s, Gang Gang Dance are Lizzi Bougatsos, Brian DeGraw and Josh Diamond. All independently operating artists in their own rights, they consistently blur the boundaries between music and art; as comfortable today performing at the Whitney Biennial as they are at Coachella, and count Dash Snow & Nate Lowman, Tinchy Stryder and the Boredoms as previous collaborators.

                                                                                        Held together by Lizzi Bougatsos and her otherworldly vocal, Kazuashita is an intoxicating mix of ethereal shoegaze and electronic ambience, self-produced by Brian DeGraw.

                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                        Barry says: Seguing brilliantly between a swooning electronic swell and clicking, glitched-out histrionics, GGD manage to toe the line between downbeat post-shoegaze electronics and more driven elements without batting an eyelid. Perfectly balanced and brilliantly evocative.

                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                        ( Infirma Terrae )
                                                                                        J-TREE
                                                                                        Lotus
                                                                                        ( Birth Canal )
                                                                                        Kazuashita
                                                                                        Young Boy (Marika In Amerika)
                                                                                        Snake Dub
                                                                                        Too Much, Too Soon
                                                                                        ( Novae Terrae )
                                                                                        Salve On The Sorrow

                                                                                        The Breeders

                                                                                        Pod

                                                                                          The Breeders were formed by The Pixies Kim Deal and Throwing Muses Tanya Donelly. This was their debut album originally released by 4AD in May 1990. The album, produced by Steve Albini combines the energy and angular pop sensibilities of their other bands, bolstered by creative songwriting and clever arrangements. It features iconic Vaughan Oliver artwork.

                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                          Glorious
                                                                                          Doe
                                                                                          Happiness Is A Warm Gun
                                                                                          Oh!
                                                                                          Hellbound
                                                                                          When I Was A Painter
                                                                                          Fortunately Gone
                                                                                          Iris
                                                                                          Opened
                                                                                          Only In 3’s
                                                                                          Lime House
                                                                                          Metal Man

                                                                                          The Breeders

                                                                                          Mountain Battles

                                                                                            Fourth studio album, originally released in April 2008. This reissue of ‘Mountain Battles’ includes 12” size, 28 page booklet.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Overglazed
                                                                                            Bang On
                                                                                            Night Of Joy
                                                                                            We're Gonna Rise
                                                                                            German Studies
                                                                                            Spark
                                                                                            Istanbul
                                                                                            Walk It Off
                                                                                            Regalame Esta Noche
                                                                                            Here No More
                                                                                            No Way
                                                                                            It's The Love
                                                                                            Mountain Battles

                                                                                            All Nerve – the first new album from The Breeders in a decade – reunites band members Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson, the line-up behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, Last Splash.

                                                                                            The quartet returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on new material since then.

                                                                                            Featuring singles ‘Wait in the Car’ and title track ‘All Nerve’, recording took place at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky, with Mike Montgomery; Electrical Audio, Chicago, with Steve Albini and Greg Norman; and with Tom Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio. Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has worked with The Breeders since their first album, Pod.

                                                                                            TRACK LISTING

                                                                                            Nervous Mary
                                                                                            Wait In The Car
                                                                                            All Nerve
                                                                                            MetaGoth
                                                                                            Spacewoman
                                                                                            Walking With A Killer
                                                                                            Howl At The Summit
                                                                                            Archangel’s Thunderbird
                                                                                            Dawn: Making An Effort
                                                                                            Skinhead #2
                                                                                            Blues At The Acropolis

                                                                                            U.S. Girls

                                                                                            In A Poem Unlimited

                                                                                              2017 marks a decade of U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. Today, Remy announces details of her sixth studio album In a Poem Unlimited, which will be released on 16th February 2018, plus the official video for a new U.S. Girls song, ‘Velvet 4 Sale’.

                                                                                              Remy’s second release for 4AD, which also includes her recently released single, ‘Mad As Hell’ – a clarion call for pacifism – was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnball and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves on In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s euphoric 4AD debut. Steered into focus by Remy and mixer/co-producer Steve Chahley, Poem features disco employed as a protest vernacular (‘Mad As Hell’), as well as an unrelenting assault (‘Time’); moody, slow-burning funk (‘Velvet 4 Sale’ & ‘L-Over’) and earnest synth anthems ‘Rosebud’ and ‘Poem’, which form the album’s emotional core.

                                                                                              Poem features dark meditations reflecting charged atmospheres that directly precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power; how to gain and exert it spiritually, as well as desperate strategies to mitigate its infliction. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. While U.S. Girls, denoting the plural, is no longer a misnomer, In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

                                                                                              Following ‘Mad As Hell’, Poem album opener ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ is released today. The song concerns a female narrator imploring another to buy a gun for protection, impressing that the only way to change men is for women to use violence. Remy says, “Men are lucky women (and children) have yet to take up arms. And although I hope this never happens and I completely disagree that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song.”

                                                                                              The accompanying video explores the idea of acknowledgement as a form of retribution, a counterbalance more powerful than violence itself. Remy plays a police officer who discovers that a fellow cop who has beaten his wife will be left off the hook as a “professional courtesy”. By the power of her unrelenting gaze she banishes the abuser in the final images of this powerful and provocative video. This striking tableau representing the power of bearing witness ties back into the album’s underlying theme; that truth and acknowledgement are our most potent and corrosive weapons in the fight against repressive inequality. Remy’s work with this video (which she co-directed with Alex Kingsmill) and the album as a whole, illustrate and seek to inspire the taking up of these moral arms.

                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                              Barry says: This superb new outing from Meg Remy in her U.S Girls moniker sees snappy guitar falling under a landslide of heavy-rock power chords and scattered electronic elements, whilst still retaining all of it's cohesion and grace. More percussive numbers sit happily alongside the more folky, quiet pieces without skipping a beat.

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Velvet 4 Sale
                                                                                              2. Rage Of Plastics
                                                                                              3. Mad As Hell
                                                                                              4. Why Do I Lose My Voice When I Have Something To Say
                                                                                              5. Rosebud
                                                                                              6. Incidental Boogie
                                                                                              7. L-Over
                                                                                              8. Pearly Gates
                                                                                              9. Poem
                                                                                              10. Traviata
                                                                                              11. Time

                                                                                              Tune-Yards

                                                                                              I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life

                                                                                              Officially now a duo, Merrill Garbus is joined by long-time collaborator Nate Brenner. Their new album, I can feel you creep into my private life, tackles race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album is their most immediate and upbeat yet – this is Tune-Yards’ music to dance to.

                                                                                              The follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed album, Nikki Nack, much of I can feel you creep into my private life was recorded at John Vanderslice’s new Tiny Telephone studio in their hometown of Oakland, CA. To help finish this stunning record, they enlisted mixer Mikaelin “Blue” Bluespruce (Solange, Skepta, Kendrick Lamar) and mastered it in Harlem, NY with Dave Kutch (Jay-Z, Chance the Rapper).

                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                              1. Heart Attack
                                                                                              2. Coast To Coast
                                                                                              3. ABC 123
                                                                                              4. Now As Then
                                                                                              5. Honesty
                                                                                              6. Colonizer
                                                                                              7. Look At Your Hands
                                                                                              8. Home
                                                                                              9. Hammer
                                                                                              10. Who Are You
                                                                                              11. Private Life
                                                                                              12. Free

                                                                                              Torres

                                                                                              Three Futures

                                                                                                Torres is the creative alter-ego of Brooklyn-based Mackenzie Scott. In describing the album, Scott says it “is entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy.” The 10 original tracks on Three Futures embrace ecstasy, desire and indulgence rather than self-denial, and exude this idea via immersive music. Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, harsh gothic / industrial textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs.

                                                                                                For Three Futures, Scott reconnected with producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), who worked on TORRES’ last album Sprinter, to record in Stockport and Dorset. David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands) mixed the album.

                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                Barry says: Innately listenable synth-pop / indie goodness on this newest one from all-round bon oeuf and songwriter extraordinaire Torres. It's a heartfelt and beautiful distillation of sexuality, companionship and brilliantly effusive melodicism. Would listen again.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                1. Tongue Slap Your Brains Out
                                                                                                2. Skim
                                                                                                3. Three Futures
                                                                                                4. Righteous Woman
                                                                                                5. Greener Stretch
                                                                                                6. Helen In The Woods
                                                                                                7. Bad Baby Pie
                                                                                                8. Marble Focus
                                                                                                9. Concrete Ganesha
                                                                                                10. To Be Given A Body

                                                                                                The National return with their much anticipated seventh album, produced by Aaron Dessner, with additional production by Matt Berninger and Bryce Dessner. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron’s Long Pond studio in Hudson Valley, NY.

                                                                                                While in some ways it’s typically National-sounding, they’ve definitely added some new elements to their sound. Opening track “Nobody Else Will Be There” is a stripped back ballad with melancholic piano, and Matt’s distinct vocals, but the electronics pulsing away in the background are a sign of what’s to come with the album.

                                                                                                All the usual elements are there, intricate guitars, delicate piano keys, scatter-shot drums and of course Matt’s mumbling/crooning baritone, but a new layer of electronics bubbling away in the mix adds a new dimension to their sound.

                                                                                                As with the last couple of albums, it features mostly fairly downtempo ballads but they do ramp things up from time to time: “Day I Die”, “They System Only Dreams In Total” and the big rock-out track of the album, “Turtleneck”. It’s taken a few listens to get into it, but as a fan I’m certainly not disappointed.

                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                A1. Nobody Else Will Be There
                                                                                                A2. Day I Die
                                                                                                A3. Walk It Back
                                                                                                B1. The System Only Dreams
                                                                                                In Total Darkness
                                                                                                B2. Born To Beg
                                                                                                B3. Turtleneck
                                                                                                C1. Empire Line
                                                                                                C2. I’ll Still Destroy You
                                                                                                C3. Guilty Party
                                                                                                D1. Carin At The Liquor Store
                                                                                                D2. Dark Side Of The Gym
                                                                                                D3. Sleep Well Beast

                                                                                                PIXX

                                                                                                The Age Of Anxiety

                                                                                                  First appearing in late 2015 with the Fall In EP – which was hailed by The Sunday Times as “one of the most arresting debuts of the year” – Pixx (AKA Hannah Rodgers) has since released some more tracks to further intrigue and started to spend a lot of time out on the road, most notably tours with the likes of Daughter, Glass Animals and Youth Lagoon.

                                                                                                  The Age Of Anxiety is Pixx’s debut album, and it finds her ostensibly place herself on the outside, looking in. Including the singles ‘I Bow Down’ and ‘Baboo’, the twelve-song collection seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence. A bold debut, it borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem which was published in 1947, which charted one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world.

                                                                                                  “Pixx possesses the same celestial qualities as fellow label-mates Cocteau Twins or Blonde Redhead with a little astral, new age aesthetic of Grimes, and the gothic melancholy of Bauhaus.” The Guardian

                                                                                                  Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Auckland’s Aldous Harding has become known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror.

                                                                                                  Produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) in Bristol, a world away from her New Zealand home, Party introduces a new talent to the stark, dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside. As well as contributions from Parish, Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas also lends vocals to the aforementioned ‘Imagining My Man’ and album closer ‘Swell Does The Skull’.

                                                                                                  TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                  1. Blend
                                                                                                  2. Imagining My Man
                                                                                                  3. Living The Classics
                                                                                                  4. Party
                                                                                                  5. I’m So Sorry
                                                                                                  6. Horizon
                                                                                                  7. What If Birds Aren’t Singing
                                                                                                  They’re Screaming
                                                                                                  8. The World Is Looking For You
                                                                                                  9. Swell Does The Skull

                                                                                                  John Moreland

                                                                                                  Big Bad Luv

                                                                                                    The new album from John Moreland is an honest, bruising experience. A beautiful record about love, faith and the human condition, Big Bad Luv is John’s fourth album to date and also his debut for 4AD.

                                                                                                    Hailing from Tulsa, OK, John composes both pointedly and prodigiously, and has released largely self-produced albums every other year since 2011. Playing an equally pivotal role in his rise have been his mesmeric solo performances (including his TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year), which coupled with his incredible records, has helped to create a real word-of-mouth about him. Big Bad Luv, was recorded in Little Rock, AK, and mostly with a crew of Tulsa friends: John Calvin Abney (piano and guitar), Aaron Boehler (bass), Paddy Ryan (drums), Jared

                                                                                                    Tyler (dobro) and Lucero's Rick Steff (piano). Coming together in three sessions over ten months, which were sandwiched between touring dates and life, the final album was then mixed by GRAMMY winning Tchad Blake, who has worked with iconic acts from Al Green to Tom Waits.

                                                                                                    Methyl Ethel

                                                                                                    Everything Is Forgotten

                                                                                                      Everything Is Forgotten, the new album from Methyl Ethel (Perth, Australia), is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all sinewy, curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents. Written and recorded by frontman Jake Webb, the album was brought to life by acclaimed producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals). The pair’s collaboration infusing the band’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage.

                                                                                                      Bing & Ruth

                                                                                                      No Home Of The Mind

                                                                                                      Ever-evolving, Bing & Ruth is steered by composer David Moore, a pianist from Kansas and graduate of New York’s school of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School.

                                                                                                      Their line-up has transmuted from the eleven-strong line-up that created debut album City Lake (“A stunning, humble record built on traditions we all understand, yet, somehow feels dizzyingly new.” – The Quietus) to a cast of seven for 2014’s Tomorrow Was The Golden Age (“One of the finest leftfield releases of the year.” – Pitchfork).

                                                                                                      With No Home of the Mind, the ensemble has been streamlined to five and, after a year of heartfelt composition and with everything meticulously rehearsed in advance, the whole album was recorded in two days and in the fewest takes possible. An attempt to recreate the immediacy of classic session-style musicianship, where one-take recordings were a standard to keep costs down, No Home of the Mind explores piano’s percussive qualities alongside running woodwinds, warbling tape delays and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence, taking so-called “classical” music to new limits.

                                                                                                      STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                      Barry says: A beautiful suite of brittle modern-classical drones and twinkling piano, crafted together with subtlety and grace. A startling and riveting journey, filled with moments of tentative meditation and glimmers of pure joy.

                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                      1. Starwood Choker
                                                                                                      2. As Much As Possible
                                                                                                      3. Scrapes
                                                                                                      4. Chonchos
                                                                                                      5. The How Of It Sped
                                                                                                      6. Is Drop
                                                                                                      7. Form Takes
                                                                                                      8. To All It
                                                                                                      9. Flat Line/Peak Color
                                                                                                      10. What Ash It Flow Up

                                                                                                      Sohn

                                                                                                      Rennen

                                                                                                        Two years after the release of his celebrated debut album Tremors, SOHN is back with Rennen.

                                                                                                        In between records, the London-born artist has traded Vienna for the warmth of Los Angeles, but the influence of his former home still lingers (Rennen is a German verb meaning ‘to run’). Resuming a nocturnal schedule – as he did with Tremors – SOHN spent a month writing alone in northern California, recording until the morning most days. Including singles ‘Signal’ and ‘Conrad’, the ten songs of Rennen are confidently direct and focused. Consciously exercising restraint, he has used only a handful of musical elements on each track, eager to allow the spotlight to shine on the vocals, melodies and rhythms.

                                                                                                        An ambitious exhibition of both his personal and artistic growth, Rennen confidently displays the evolution SOHN has undergone in just two short years. It's also a starter's pistol ringing out loud and clear with an unmistakable message: it's time to run again, and he’s ready.

                                                                                                        STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                        Andy says: Deep, thoughtful, electronic soul from the London born producer.

                                                                                                        TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                        1. Hard Liquor
                                                                                                        2. Conrad
                                                                                                        3. Signal
                                                                                                        4. Dead Wrong
                                                                                                        5. Primary
                                                                                                        6. Rennen
                                                                                                        7. Falling
                                                                                                        8. Proof
                                                                                                        9. Still Waters
                                                                                                        10. Harbour

                                                                                                        Dead Can Dance

                                                                                                        Garden Of Arcane Delights & Peel Sessions

                                                                                                          ‘Garden Of The Arcane Delights’ / ‘The John Peel Sessions’: ‘Garden Of The Arcane Delights’ is the only EP released by Dead Can Dance, coming out in 1984 and acting as a bridge between their first two albums. Its sleeve a sketch by Brendan Perry, depicting “primal man deprived of perception, standing within the confines of a garden containing a fountain and trees laden with fruit... a Blakean universe in which mankind can only redeem itself, can only rid itself of blindness, through the correct interpretation of signs and events that permeate the fabric of nature’s laws.”

                                                                                                          This new expanded version sees the EP faithfully pressed on to one piece of a vinyl at 45rpm with a second disc being added, compiling both of the band’s sessions for John Peel, recorded in the same time period.

                                                                                                          Do Hollywood is the eagerly anticipated debut album from brothers Brian (19) and Michael (17) D’Addario.

                                                                                                          Hailing from Long Island, NY, Brian and Michael have been playing rock music since they were old enough to walk and talk, mastering every instrument they could get their hands on and writing and performing everything together (they alternate writing credits and instruments on Do Hollywood).

                                                                                                          Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, with production by Jonathan Rado of Foxygen, they mine inspiration from every era of rock, crafting richly sophisticated baroque-pop songs into a ten-track tour de force.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          A1. I Wanna Prove To You
                                                                                                          A2. Those Days Is Comin’ Soon
                                                                                                          A3. Haroomata
                                                                                                          A4. Baby, Baby
                                                                                                          A5. These Words
                                                                                                          A6. As Long As We’re Together
                                                                                                          B1. How Lucky Am I?
                                                                                                          B2. Hi+Lo
                                                                                                          B3. Frank
                                                                                                          B4. A Great Snake

                                                                                                          When Castlemaine’s Oliver Hugh Perry released his self-recorded debut EP, ‘Tropical Oceans’, D.D Dumbo was born. Led by the spooky strut of the title-track, the lo-fi four song-set of blues-laced, deconstructed pop announced Perry as an exciting newcomer fluent in a language all his own. People took notice and soon he was performing solo with a 12-string electric guitar, two drums and a bunch of effect pedals and on tour with the likes of Daughter, Iron & Wine, Jungle, St Vincent, Tame Impala, tUnE-yArDs and Warpaint.

                                                                                                          ‘Utopia Defeated’ is his debut album, an epic, sprawling opus sprung from Oliver’s imagination, written and performed almost entirely by him. Based in the 4AD Studios in London, the album was recorded, engineered and produced by Perry and 4AD’s resident engineer Fabian Prynn.

                                                                                                          Featuring the singles ‘Satan’ and ‘Walrus’, the tentrack album hurdles effortlessly over the expectations set by his intriguing debut EP. In an early review, Uncut magazine heralded it as “a looping, globally attuned 2016 update of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Grace’.”

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Walrus
                                                                                                          Satan
                                                                                                          In The Water
                                                                                                          Cortisol
                                                                                                          Alihukwe
                                                                                                          King Franco Picasso
                                                                                                          The Day I First Found God
                                                                                                          Toxic City
                                                                                                          Brother
                                                                                                          Oyster

                                                                                                          Galvanized by Tampa hardcore and inspired by its miscreant noise, A Corpse Wired For Sound signals a new chapter for Merchandise. Their second for album 4AD, Merchandise have stripped back to the core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass) to make A Corpse Wired For Sound. The trio travelled to Rosà, Italy to start proceedings, recording half in a studio there and the rest at home, in Tampa as well as in Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin.

                                                                                                          The album’s metallic title is inspired by a science fiction short story by JG Ballard, but equally sums up the band’s current state of mind; “we were ‘reborn’ as a rock band for our last record (After The End)," says Vassalotti, “and then we straight-up died again. It couldn’t last. The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything.”



                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          1. Flower Of Sex
                                                                                                          2. Crystal Cage
                                                                                                          3. Right Back To The Start
                                                                                                          4. End Of The Week
                                                                                                          5. Lonesome Sound
                                                                                                          6. Shadow Of The Truth
                                                                                                          7. Silence
                                                                                                          8. I Will Not Sleep Here
                                                                                                          9. My Dream Is Yours

                                                                                                          Scott Walker

                                                                                                          The Childhood Of A Leader - Original Soundtrack

                                                                                                          Scott Walker follows his remarkable collaboration with Sunn O))) with this remarkable soundtrack to Brady Corbet’s directorial debut, Walker’s first score work since the Pola X soundtrack in 1999.

                                                                                                          Partly inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s short story of the same name, The Childhood of a Leader is a tense psychological drama tracing the formative years of a young boy and set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference that led to the establishment of the Treaty of Versailles.

                                                                                                          Walker continues to work with long-term collaborators Peter Walsh (co-producer) and Mark Warman (musical director), with the latter conducting an orchestra comprised of 46 string players and 16 brass for the studio recording.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          CD Tracklisting:
                                                                                                          1. Orchestral Tuning Up
                                                                                                          2. Opening
                                                                                                          3. Dream Sequence
                                                                                                          4. Village Walk
                                                                                                          5. RUN
                                                                                                          6. Down The Stairs
                                                                                                          7. Up The Stairs
                                                                                                          8. The Letter
                                                                                                          9. Versailles
                                                                                                          10. Cutting Flowers
                                                                                                          11. Boy,Mirror,Cars Arriving
                                                                                                          12. Third Tantrum
                                                                                                          13. Printing Press
                                                                                                          14. On The Way To The Meeting
                                                                                                          15. The Meeting
                                                                                                          16. Post Meeting
                                                                                                          17. Finale
                                                                                                          18. New Dawn (synth Layout For Cut Scene)

                                                                                                          LP Tracklisting:
                                                                                                          A1. Orchestral Tuning Up
                                                                                                          A2. Opening
                                                                                                          A3. Dream Sequence
                                                                                                          A4. Village Walk
                                                                                                          A5. RUN
                                                                                                          A6. Down The Stairs
                                                                                                          A7. Up The Stairs
                                                                                                          A8. The Letter
                                                                                                          A9. Versailles
                                                                                                          B1. Cutting Flowers
                                                                                                          B2. Boy,Mirror,Cars Arriving
                                                                                                          B3. Third Tantrum
                                                                                                          B4. Printing Press
                                                                                                          B5. On The Way To The Meeting
                                                                                                          B6. The Meeting
                                                                                                          B7. Post Meeting
                                                                                                          B8. Finale
                                                                                                          B9. New Dawn (synth Layout For Cut Scene)

                                                                                                          ‘This Moment’ is the first album by Danish artist Søren Juul to be released under his own name, having previously recorded using the moniker Indians.

                                                                                                          A deeply personal account of Juul’s life over a tumultuous three-year period, ‘This Moment’ was recorded mainly in Copenhagen and finished in Los Angeles with producer and fellow Dane Peter Stengaard. An uplifting and redemptive work, the immersive soundscapes of the songs reach heights Juul’s work under Indians had hinted at.

                                                                                                          As Indians, Juul released the acclaimed album ‘Somewhere Else’, scored the stunning song ‘Oblivion’ for the major motion picture ‘The Fault In Our Stars’, composed works for the Copenhagen Philharmonic and was nominated in four categories for the prestigious Danish music awards Gaffa Prisen. He also toured the world with the likes of Beirut, Daughter, Julia Holter and Perfume Genius.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Ambitions
                                                                                                          Dear Child
                                                                                                          Greenpoint
                                                                                                          Don’t Want To Fool You
                                                                                                          Epic Moon
                                                                                                          Manly Beach
                                                                                                          Soulseeker
                                                                                                          Pushing Me Away
                                                                                                          Seventeen
                                                                                                          This Moment

                                                                                                          Methyl Ethel

                                                                                                          Oh Inhuman Spectacle

                                                                                                          New to 4AD, Australian trio Methyl Ethel’s celebrated debut album is being given a worldwide release. Hailing from the remote fringes of Perth in Western Australia, band linchpin Jake Webb - like 4AD peers Grimes and Bradford Cox before him - wrote, played and recorded everything on ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’.

                                                                                                          Crafted in isolation, the album’s understated psychedelic pop quickly drew plaudits, leading Webb to recruit Chris Wright (drums) and Thom Stewart (bass) - friends from the tight-knit and thriving music scene in Perth - to help realise the songs live as a full-fledged band.

                                                                                                          Having gained notable success in Australia including being nominated for the prestigious Australian Music Prize and taking Laneway Festival by storm, Methyl Ethel are now poised to take their music overseas with the worldwide release of ‘Oh Inhuman Spectacle’ and a huge run of touring in both Europe and North America to coincide.

                                                                                                          STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                          Barry says: Like a modern, indiefied iteration of Syd Barrett with the melodic intonations of the ghosts of post-punk. Woozy rhythms and fuzzed-out basses, twirling arpeggios meet chugging guitars and soaring strained vocal melodies. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                          Idée Fixe
                                                                                                          Shadowboxing
                                                                                                          Rogues
                                                                                                          To Swim
                                                                                                          Twilight Driving
                                                                                                          Depth Perception
                                                                                                          Unbalancing Acts
                                                                                                          Also Gesellschaft
                                                                                                          Obscura
                                                                                                          Artificial Limb
                                                                                                          Sweet Waste
                                                                                                          Everything As It Should
                                                                                                          Be

                                                                                                          Tim Hecker

                                                                                                          Love Streams

                                                                                                            'Love Streams' takes its cues from the avant-classical orchestration and extreme electronic processing of his previous full-length, 2013’s 'Virgins', but shaped into more melancholic, ultraviolet hues. Inspired by notions of 15th century choral scores (particularly those by Josquin des Prez), transposed to an artificial intelligence-era language of digital resonance and bright synths, the album was assembled gradually, with layers of studio-tracked keyboards, choir and woodwinds being woven into the mix, then molded and disfigured through complex programming. Like hearing some ancient strain of sacred music corrupted by encryption, Hecker admits to thinking about ideas like “liturgical aesthestics after Yeezus” and the “transcendental voice in the age of auto-tune,” during its creation.

                                                                                                            The 'Love Streams' sessions took place throughout 2014 and 2015 at Greenhouse Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland - where parts of both Virgins and Ravedeath, 1972 were tracked - with Hecker reuniting with the same crew of collaborators from Virgins (Kara-Lis Coverdale, Grímur Helgason) and bolstered by the Icelandic Choir Ensemble, whose vocal arrangements were scored by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson.

                                                                                                            The title of Hecker’s new work can be interpreted any number of ways - erotic, technological, spiritual - although his own conception is appropriately vast, calling it “a riff on the ubiquity and nihilism of streaming of all forms of life.” Now we stream more than we love. Nowadays music too frequently resembles a product, or white noise. With a career spanning fifteen years, Tim Hecker belongs to a select camp actively resisting this undertow, this reduction in significance.

                                                                                                            STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                            Barry says: What more apt a title could be given to the newest excursion of Canadian Sound sculptor Tim Hecker than 'Love Streams'? Recalling moments of Four Tet's similarly titled 'There Is Love In You', chopped vocal harmonies atop twinkling synths, churning yet shimmering industrial drones underpinning the whole adventure. This is Hecker's most optomistic and beautiful exploration yet. This is, as Princess Jasmine once famously said : a 'Shining and Shimmering Wonder'.

                                                                                                            Liima

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                                                                                                              Liima is a new band formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang.

                                                                                                              Their debut album, ii, features songs written in Finland, Berlin, Istanbul and Madeira during four week-long residencies, with each one ending with a live concert, performing the freshly written songs in front of an audience.

                                                                                                              Translated from Finnish as ‘glue’, Liima found the spontaneity of writing and performing in a limited time frame hugely liberating and took the same instinctive approach when recording this album. In October 2015, the band along with producer Jonas Verwijnen headed to Vox-Ton studio in Berlin, recording the album in just three days, playing everything together live with no overdubs. ii was mixed to tape by Francesco Donadello.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. Your Heart
                                                                                                              2. Amerika
                                                                                                              3. Roger Waters
                                                                                                              4. Russians
                                                                                                              5. Trains In The Dark
                                                                                                              6. Woods
                                                                                                              7. 513
                                                                                                              8. You Stayed In Touch With The Wrong Guy
                                                                                                              9. Black Beach
                                                                                                              10. Change Of Time

                                                                                                              This trio comprises of The National's rhythm section, brothers Scott and Bryan Devendorf along with Trombonist / arranger Ben Lanz who has worked with Beirut and Sufjan Stevens amongst others.

                                                                                                              LNZNDRF’s debut is rock minimalism meets sonic maximalism. Recorded in a church in Cincinnati over two and a half days, the eight songs on the album were improvised with a vital spirit harking back to the reason the members became musicians in the first place.

                                                                                                              The songs, which were edited from 30+ minute jams, evoke the essence of their expansive, largely improvised live shows.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              01 Future You
                                                                                                              02 Beneath The Black Sea
                                                                                                              03 Mt. Storm
                                                                                                              04 Kind Things
                                                                                                              05 Hypno-Skate
                                                                                                              06 Stars And Time
                                                                                                              07 Monument
                                                                                                              08 Samarra

                                                                                                              Nearly three years after the release of their debut 'If You Leave', Daughter – the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella – will return in 2016 with a new album, entitled 'Not To Disappear'.

                                                                                                              'Not To Disappear' is Daughter’s second album and finds the band making confident strides forward both sonically and lyrically. Elena, Igor and Remi spent a summer in New York recording 'Not To Disappear' with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

                                                                                                              STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                              Millie says: An amazing album by the very talented Daughter, it’s expressive and emotional throughout. More progressive and experimental from their previous album, ‘Not to Disappear’ is filled with devotion. Absorbing and beautiful, I would recommend it to anyone.

                                                                                                              TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                              1. New Ways
                                                                                                              2. Numbers
                                                                                                              3. Doing The Right Thing
                                                                                                              4. How
                                                                                                              5. Mothers
                                                                                                              6. Alone / With You
                                                                                                              7. No Care
                                                                                                              8. To Belong
                                                                                                              9. Fossa
                                                                                                              10. Made Of Stone

                                                                                                              Grimes

                                                                                                              Art Angels

                                                                                                                As Marylin Manson once said, "This Is The New Shit"! Grimes is back in the house, beating up your speaker stack at her batshit best. Faced with the tricky decision of how to follow up her trend setting, hot cake-like selling breakout smash "Visions", the now LA-based musician took the obvious route of synth-baroque chamber music. Well at least on oddball opener "Laughing And Not Being Normal". From there we accelerate through the whole host of iPod-friendly pop, from country EDM, through baile funk and nu disco to chill out. But before you lose faith that the mighty Grimes has fallen in with the wrong crowd since her move to LA, all those mainstream tropes are perfectly subverted with a well judged post modern subtlety, while retaining all the hooks, riffs and melodies which makes pop, well, popular. Spanning over 14 tracks "Art Angels" features collaborations with Janelle Monáe and newcomer, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes, but like all of her previous albums was written and recorded entirely as a solo endeavour. The new album features more live instrumentation than ever before with Grimes playing piano, guitar and violin and continuing her evolution as a musician and a producer for her most ambitious album to date.

                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                Millie says: The pop sensation Grimes’new album was an instant hit, her electro style remains but comes back with even more pop-power (which I didn’t think was even possible!) It has a feisty cartoon anime vibe, extravagant reverb and dreamlike lyrics for her angelic vocals.

                                                                                                                TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                1. Laughing And Not Being Normal
                                                                                                                2. California
                                                                                                                3. SCREAM Ft. Aristophanes
                                                                                                                4. Flesh Without Blood
                                                                                                                5. Belly Of The Beat
                                                                                                                6. Kill V. Maim
                                                                                                                7. Artangels
                                                                                                                8. Easily
                                                                                                                9. Pin
                                                                                                                10. Realiti
                                                                                                                11. World Princess Part II
                                                                                                                12. Venus Fly Ft. Janelle Monáe
                                                                                                                13. Life In The Vivid Dream
                                                                                                                14. Butterfly

                                                                                                                El Vy

                                                                                                                Return To The Moon

                                                                                                                  EL VY is the collaboration between Matt Berninger, vocalist and lyricist of The National, and Brent Knopf, the Portland musician and producer best known for his work in Menomena and his more recent band, Ramona Falls.

                                                                                                                  Their debut album, Return To The Moon, is a project Berninger and Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when The National and Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s west coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with ideas and lyrics. Finally, in the winter and spring of 2014-115, they got together to make an album.

                                                                                                                  Return to the Moon sounds exactly like you'd hope a collaboration between these artists would: Berninger's darkly funny, lyrical storytelling and his immediately identifiable sense of melody offset by Knopf's playful, architectural arrangements and inventive production.

                                                                                                                  Deerhunter

                                                                                                                  Fading Frontier

                                                                                                                    Fading Frontier is the seventh studio album by Deerhunter. The record was made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt and Moses Archuleta, and bassist Josh McKay. Written in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, production duties were shared by the band and Ben H. Allen III, continuing a collaboration that began with 2010’s Halcyon Digest.

                                                                                                                    Following the death-rattle garage catharsis of 2013’s Monomania, the group has shifted towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date.

                                                                                                                    Fading Frontier shows that a decade in, Deerhunter has lost none of its intensity. As the group matures, so they have grown into the most consistent purveyors of art-rock of their generation.

                                                                                                                    PIXX

                                                                                                                    Fall In

                                                                                                                      The nom de guerre of 19 year-old Hannah Rodgers, Pixx is a young songwriter from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl starts to break into countryside.

                                                                                                                      Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Aphex Twin, she’s adopted her grandmother’s nickname to strike out it alone as Pixx.

                                                                                                                      Her debut EP, ‘Fall In’, is a collection of four electronic folk-infused torch songs; a perfect introduction to the mysterious world her music inhabits.

                                                                                                                      “Pixx possesses the same celestial qualities as fellow label-mates Cocteau Twins or Blonde Redhead, with a little of the astral, new age aesthetic of Grimes and the gothic melancholy of Bauhaus.” - The Guardian 

                                                                                                                      It’s December 2013, and Zach Condon is in an Australian hospital. He’s at the tail end of a 3-year non-stop world tour, suffering from health problems brought on by severe exhaustion, fighting through a messy divorce, and is trying in vain to escape the reality that’s dismantling around him and within him. From the hospital, he makes the difficult decision to cancel the rest of the tour. “I had completely broken down and my body was making me pay for it,” Condon recalls from his east Williamsburg home. Ironically, the artist so widely recognised for breaking geographical boundaries was being undone halfway around the world. Pensively, Condon concludes, “For the first time in my life, I was facing extreme self doubt. I had hit rock bottom.”

                                                                                                                      Met with enormous success at age 19, Condon’s career up to that point had been relatively smooth sailing. But now post Australia he finds himself back at home in Brooklyn and unable to write songs. It was 2014, and at age 28 he found himself completely lost. “I couldn’t fathom how one day I was capable of it and one day I wasn’t,” Condon remarks. The darkness clouding his physical and mental health had fully infected his creative and artistic abilities.

                                                                                                                      But this darkness contained a spark of light: he had fallen in love with a woman who inspired him to turn it around. Condon recalls, “having a positive presence like her both provides a healthy guiding force and shines a light on all the negative things in your life. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now without her.” The two retreated to Turkey Summer of 2014, which proved to be the ultimate keystone in his personal renewal. It has since become their second home, providing perspective in both geographical and political landscapes. He was taken in and cared for by her family there for months (she is Turkish), and given a home base to build around, all during the summer of the Gezi Park riots.

                                                                                                                      Upon returning, still not fully himself, Condon would find himself uncertain, this time in the studio. “I would turn my phone off and be holed up in my rehearsal space alone for days at a time,” says Condon, “and come out with nothing.” He would compose and discard entire albums’ worth of material. For Condon, the songs needed to be born from melody, and if the melodies weren’t coming, the songs would never transpire.

                                                                                                                      So, with his back against the proverbial wall, Condon began a new approach, starting from scratch in Fall 2014 with nothing but an open mind and the musical camaraderie of bandmates Paul Collins (bass) and Nick Petree (drums). For two full months they hammered away daily, creating the foundations for what would evolve into No No No (as well as countless songs that would carpet the cutting room floor).

                                                                                                                      With winter approaching, he booked two weeks at a studio that, by sheer chance and unbeknownst to him, was located a few blocks from his home. This proximity would prove crucial, as the two weeks of recording turned out to overlap with some of the worst winter weather in NYC history – it was one of the coldest and snowiest on record – a fitting climax to the events of the past four years.

                                                                                                                      With his band by his side, No No No suddenly began to take shape, creating an exponentially productive excitement. Those two weeks in the studio, with blizzard after blizzard raging outside, resulted in Condon’s most vibrant and spirited record to date. On past records, Condon composed mostly on his own, electronically, building on sounds and arrangements with ProTools. This time around, the songs were constructed live, in the moment, by the band, and are more concert-ready than ever as a result. The band was significantly stripped down: guitar, piano, bass, and drums formed the bulk of the arrangements as opposed to the more obscure instruments for which he was initially known. No No No opens with a sort of tribal drum beat, quickly giving way to a more western/modern snare sound and drum machine – a subtle wink at Beirut’s own musical transformation.

                                                                                                                      There’s a caffeinated exuberance throughout the entirety of the record. The opening songs are particularly upbeat and awake, reflective of Condon’s newfound clarity, so much so in fact, that the fifth song, the instrumental breather ‘As Needed’ is exactly that – a necessary intermission. The second half picks up where it left off, with effervescent percussion across pop songs, often led by bubbly piano lines that showcase Condon’s development as a pianist.

                                                                                                                      If the darkest hour is right before the dawn, Condon’s dawn is the brightest point in his still-young career. He’s found his true artistic identity as a songwriter – one that greatly abandons many of the formulas for which he was first known. The songwriter within Condon has always been there, albeit sonically veiled on past records. It’s never been presented so prominently, and finds Beirut on its most stable and convincing footing yet.

                                                                                                                      TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                      01. Gibraltar
                                                                                                                      02. No No No
                                                                                                                      03. At Once
                                                                                                                      04. August Holland
                                                                                                                      05. As Needed
                                                                                                                      06. Perth
                                                                                                                      07. Pacheco
                                                                                                                      08. Fener
                                                                                                                      09. So Allowed

                                                                                                                      Holly Herndon

                                                                                                                      Platform

                                                                                                                        4AD release ‘Platform’, the new album by American artist Holly Herndon.

                                                                                                                        Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures.

                                                                                                                        A galvanizing statement, ‘Platform’ cements Herndon’s reputation as a unique musician with a singular voice. Born in Tennessee but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin’s minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Center For Computer Research In Music And Acoustics (CCRMA).

                                                                                                                        To achieve ‘Platform’, Herndon has opened up her process to vital artists and thinkers from her creative circle, including radical Dutch design studio Metahaven and digital DIY artist Mat Dryhurst, leading by example to tackle a host of topics ranging from systemic inequality, surveillance states, and neofeudalism. ‘Platform’ underscores the need for new fantasies and strategic collective action.

                                                                                                                        Herndon’s debut album ‘Movement’, released in 2012, showcased her fascination with trance and the disjunctive sampling techniques pioneered by avant-garde composition. Subsequent singles ‘Chorus’ and ‘Home’ (rolled out in advance of ‘Platform’) humanized the laptop by celebrating its capacity for memory storage and lamenting its vulnerability in light of revelations of mass surveillance.

                                                                                                                        Offering what Herndon describes as “a rupture, a paradisic gesture,” ‘Platform’ is an optimistic breakthrough for Herndon, an appeal for progress and a step toward new ways to love.

                                                                                                                        Purity Ring

                                                                                                                        Another Eternity

                                                                                                                          After sixty-five fortnights, Purity Ring have returned with their second album Another Eternity. The pair ventured home to the frozen industrial landscapes of their birthplace Edmonton, Alberta to document much of what was to become the album. For the first time, vocalist Megan James and producer Corin Roddick were able to create a record in the same room.

                                                                                                                          Purity Ring’s first album, 2012's Shrines, was recorded separately in Montreal and Halifax, where Corin and Megan were respectively living at the time. Despite being a thousand kilometers apart, Shrines was a cohesive, beguiling and wholly unique universe of what the band called ‘Future Pop’. At the center of the amniotic swirl of Shrines was an undeniable nucleus of crystalline pop which presciently suggested both indie and popular music to come. They quickly amassed a rabid fanbase, toured relentlessly and sold out shows worldwide, earning ‘Best New Music’ from Pitchfork and praise from The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, among others.

                                                                                                                          On Another Eternity, Purity Ring trade the gorgeously claustrophobic atmospheres of Shrines for wide-open, muscular vistas of sound and luminous, up-front vocals. Crafting a lyrical universe of “sweat and dreams” populated by seacastles, rattling spines, and weeping drawers, Megan James wields concrete imagery and metaphor with increasingly direct, startling resonance. Corin Roddick's gifts for evocative melody remain intact, but his drum work and use of space have been completely reforged: immaculately built and focused in service of the song.

                                                                                                                          Though they are now working at a higher resolution, Purity Ring remain hands-on with every aspect of their project. As usual, the band produced and recorded Another Eternity entirely themselves. 


                                                                                                                          To celebrate its 25th anniversary, 4AD release PIXIES: Doolittle 25, a deluxe, three-disc package that brings together for the first time all the album's B-sides, Peel Sessions and demos from the time, along with the original album. Nearly half of the tracks on this album are being commercially released for the first time.

                                                                                                                          Doolittle, the second studio album from Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Kim Deal and David Loverng - was to prove a pivotal moment for both band and the wider scene. For the few years prior, the band had enjoyed cult status in their homeland with their early records having to find their way in to the US on import. Their secret was well and truly out in 1989 though when their British label (4AD) joined forces with American giant Elektra in time for Doolittle to receive a full domestic release.

                                                                                                                          Produced by Gil Norton and recorded between two studios (Downtown Recorders in Boston MA and Carriage House Studios in Stamford CT) in late-1988, Doolittle was an instant hit, containing some of the band’s most memorable singles (‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’, ‘Here Comes Your Man’, ‘Debaser’). A slow-burn success story followed, helping them to sell in excess of a million copies in the US alone.

                                                                                                                          An important record, included among the many plaudits thrown Doolittle’s way was Pitchfork ranking it at Number 4 in their Best Albums of the 80s poll, while NME writers in 2004 named it their Second Best Album of All Time. The band toured Doolittle in 2009 to celebrate its 20th birthday and 5 years on from then, it’s now time to give it the deluxe release treatment it deserves.

                                                                                                                          Like all other Pixies sleeves before it, Vaughan Oliver returns to oversee its design, reinterpreting his original artwork and Simon Larbalestier’s photographs to create a stunning design using metallic ink.

                                                                                                                          TRACK LISTING

                                                                                                                          CD1 (Original Album)
                                                                                                                          Debaser
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          I Bleed
                                                                                                                          Here Comes Your Man
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Monkey Gone To Heaven
                                                                                                                          Mr. Grieves
                                                                                                                          Crackity Jones
                                                                                                                          La La Love You
                                                                                                                          No. 13 Baby
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Hey
                                                                                                                          Silver
                                                                                                                          Gouge Away

                                                                                                                          CD2 (B-Sides, Peel Sessions & Demos)
                                                                                                                          Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Weird At My School
                                                                                                                          Dancing The Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
                                                                                                                          Into The White
                                                                                                                          Bailey's Walk
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Into The White
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          Down To The Well

                                                                                                                          CD3 
                                                                                                                          (B-Sides, Peel Sessions & Demos)
                                                                                                                          Debaser
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          I Bleed
                                                                                                                          Here Comes Your Man
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Monkey Gone To Heaven
                                                                                                                          Mr. Grieves
                                                                                                                          Crackity Jones
                                                                                                                          La La Love You
                                                                                                                          No. 13 Baby (Viva La Loma Rica)
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Hey
                                                                                                                          Silver
                                                                                                                          Gouge Away
                                                                                                                          Bailey's Walk
                                                                                                                          My Manta Ray Is All Right
                                                                                                                          Santo
                                                                                                                          Weird At My School
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          No. 13 Baby
                                                                                                                          Debaser
                                                                                                                          Gouge Away

                                                                                                                          LP1 (Original Album)
                                                                                                                          Debaser
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          I Bleed
                                                                                                                          Here Comes Your Man
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Monkey Gone To Heaven
                                                                                                                          Mr. Grieves
                                                                                                                          Crackity Jones
                                                                                                                          La La Love You
                                                                                                                          No. 13 Baby
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Hey
                                                                                                                          Silver
                                                                                                                          Gouge Away

                                                                                                                          LP2 (B-Sides, Peel Sessions & Demos)
                                                                                                                          Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Weird At My School
                                                                                                                          Dancing The Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation (UK Surf)
                                                                                                                          Into The White
                                                                                                                          Bailey's Walk
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Manta Ray
                                                                                                                          Into The White
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          Down To The Well

                                                                                                                          LP3 (B-Sides, Peel Sessions & Demos)
                                                                                                                          Debaser
                                                                                                                          Tame
                                                                                                                          Wave Of Mutilation
                                                                                                                          I Bleed
                                                                                                                          Here Comes Your Man
                                                                                                                          Dead
                                                                                                                          Monkey Gone To Heaven
                                                                                                                          Mr. Grieves
                                                                                                                          Crackity Jones
                                                                                                                          La La Love You
                                                                                                                          No. 13 Baby (Viva La Loma Rica)
                                                                                                                          There Goes My Gun
                                                                                                                          Hey
                                                                                                                          Silver
                                                                                                                          Gouge Away
                                                                                                                          My Manta Ray Is All Right
                                                                                                                          Santo
                                                                                                                          Weird At My School

                                                                                                                          Scott Walker & Sunn O)))

                                                                                                                          Soused

                                                                                                                            When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 album Monoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind.

                                                                                                                            With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes of life in the late 60s, Scott went through what felt like a massive U-turn by recording a collection of masterfully challenging albums: Climate Of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1996), The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2013). While there’s some truth to this artistic arc, the actual picture is a lot more complex, with his knack for introducing the disturbingly counter-intuitive and the uncanny into his songwriting dating back to the likes of 'The Plague' (1967) and ‘It’s Raining Today’ (1969).

                                                                                                                            Centred around the core duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, Sunn O))) have been at the heart of underground and experimental metal since they began in Los Angeles back in 1998, broadening in range to increasingly encompass avant-garde and jazz dynamics to their dark music. Anderson runs Southern Lord (Sunn O)))’s usual label home), whilst O’Malley is involved in a remarkable web of projects as a musician, designer, and label head of Ideologic Organ. They appear alongside extended Sunn O))) member Tos Nieuwenhuizen on this recording.

                                                                                                                            Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is a 5-track, 50-minute collaborative record that cements the status of both act’s wide-reaching and otherworldly renown.

                                                                                                                            Merchandise

                                                                                                                            After The End

                                                                                                                              First gaining notoriety with the LPs Children of Desire (2012), which Pitchfork hailed for its “glistening and emotive, ear-bleeding noise pop”, and then Totale Nite (2013), which NME likened to “a cultural jump-start” in their 9/10 review; Merchandise continue their ascent with the highly-anticipated new album, After The End.

                                                                                                                              Drawing from too many places to be classified punk, they’ve certainly been informed by its ethics, earning all they’ve achieved. Still self-recording and producing their music, this time over a six month period in the house they share in Tampa, After The End is a real achievement in showing what bands can achieve themselves. The only outside influence this time came when they enlisted mixing help from Gareth Jones, the man famed for his work on Depeche Mode’s Berlin Trilogy of Construction Time Again, Some Great Reward, and Black Celebration, and more recently Interpol, These New Puritans and Grizzly Bear.

                                                                                                                              As the album’s title suggests, Merchandise are still evolving. With this record, they’ve expanded ranks with Carson Cox (vocals / guitar), David Vassalotti (guitar) and Patrick Brady (bass), now being joined by Chris Horn (guitar / keys / sax) and Elsner Nino (drums).

                                                                                                                              Speaking to the NME earlier this year, Carson said “Totale Nite was the end of the book. This is a whole new one. It's like we can start a new band with basically the same name. We've already exploded our reality – now we're going to re-make ourselves as a pop band, but it'll still be a twisted reality.” He’s kept to his word, the album is made up of ten tracks spread across a mean 45 minutes.

                                                                                                                              Tune-Yards

                                                                                                                              Nikki Nack

                                                                                                                                When Merrill Garbus first committed her tUnE-yArDs persona to tape, she used a simple dictaphone to capture every part and then lovingly pieced it all together on GarageBand. A laborious process partly enforced by tight finances, the resulting album Bird-Brains (2009) was a sheer joy. A record so unique, it immediately set hearts racing; The Guardian in their five-star review went as far as to call her "the find of the year." At the same time, she enlisted Nate Brenner on bass to help her make tUnE-yArDs an unmissable live act. It worked. Word of mouth quickly spread, helping to fill every venue they played and to take the magic of Bird-Brains across the world. With a record deal also in the bag, she was able to now concentrate on being a musician full-time.

                                                                                                                                Shortly after, Merrill relocated from Montreal to Oakland, California, a new home that would have a huge influence on the themes for her next record, the call to arms that was w h o k i l l (2011). Recording in a studio for the first time, it showed Bird-Brains to be no fluke. Lyrically, Garbus explored constructs of femininity and sexuality, marrying it with the threat of violence that lurks on the streets where she lives, all the while maintaining the energy of their show and translating it perfectly to record. Cropping up in nearly all end of year lists, it was topped off with w h o k i l l named Album of the Year in the Village Voice’s highly prestigious Pazz & Jop poll, based on the votes of 700 of America’s most notable music critics.

                                                                                                                                After 18 months of near solid touring around the second album, Merrill gave herself some much-needed time off; "It was nice; I was trying to be healthy and have a good time,” she says. It was also the first time since embarking on life as tUnE-yArDs that she was without any new material in the works, allowing her to reflect on what’s gone before and where to next; “I thought, 'OK, if I'm going to grow as an artist, I need to do this differently.’”

                                                                                                                                Where the second album saw her stepping in to a studio proper for the first time, her third album Nikki Nack sees her enlist producers to help her achieve new heights on some tracks; “To ask Malay (Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Big Boi) and John Hill (Rihanna, Shakira, M.I.A.) for input, I had to let go of tUnE-yArDs being rigidly my production. I have a very specific vision for the sound of the band and I don't think women producers get enough credit for doing their own stuff, so I was resistant – but we grew, Nate and I both, and the songs grew. And it turns out that's what's most important: the songs, not my ego.”

                                                                                                                                A record that could only have been made by its creator, at heart it’s heavy yet still retains a sense of fun. This is explained in part by experiences in between records - like a life-affirming trip to Haiti (which she wrote extensively about for the online magazine written by the artists themselves, The Talkhouse) and her finally catching up with 80s kid’s TV programme Pee Wee’s Playhouse some 25 years since first broadcast - proving influential during the songwriting process. Her upbringing was also at the forefront of her mind in this period, shown by her subtle use of the traditional American music her parents raised her on to help colour her new creation (her dad’s old fiddle too makes an appearance).

                                                                                                                                Experimentation is still key for tUnE-yArDs. Where the loop pedal and the saxophone were main components of the first and second record respectively, it’s the drum that takes centre stage here, augmented by greater use of synth and Nate’s growing prowess as a bassist. She also decided to launch her third album with a homemade ‘MegaMix’ of the record, posting it to her fans online on her birthday; "I've put together a mash-up so you can get a tiny taste. We really can't wait to play this music for you. Thanks for all your support and patience while we cooked this chicken!".

                                                                                                                                With it’s its jump-rope-chant title, the brilliantly playful Nikki Nack continues the tUnE-yArDs story gloriously.

                                                                                                                                STAFF COMMENTS

                                                                                                                                Andy says: More unique brilliance from Merrill Garbus. Pure imagination!

                                                                                                                                Future Islands

                                                                                                                                Singles

                                                                                                                                  Future Islands release ‘Singles’, their debut album for 4AD and their boldest and most immediate work to date. The Baltimore trio consists of enigmatic frontman Sam Herring, bassist / guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist / guitarist / programmer Gerrit Welmers.

                                                                                                                                  Herring’s poetic tales of heartbreak, love and loss are up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear).

                                                                                                                                  Future Islands head on a short tour in February, including soldout shows lined up in LA, New York, London and Baltimore. No strangers to life on the road (the band play over 200 shows a year), they have announced an extensive North American tour throughout March and April, with European dates in May.

                                                                                                                                  The trio teamed up with longtime collaborator Jay Buim, who created the music video for ‘Singles’ opener ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’. An honest and intimate look at the American heartland, the video was filmed in the Great Plains. It documents a real life love story, the modern cowboy way of life and captures the landscapes that personify America. It follows a string of videos Buim has shot for the band (‘Tin Man’, ‘Balance’ and ‘Grease’) that convey the same sense of honesty, beauty and earnestness that are the cornerstones of Future Islands’ music.

                                                                                                                                  ‘Singles’ is the band’s fourth full-length album, following ‘On The Water’ (Thrill Jockey, 2011), which garnered a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork for the song ‘Balance’, and ‘In Evening Air’ (Thrill Jockey, 2010).


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